Biophysics - 2020 Spring Semester

University of Lethbridge University of Montana
Course Director: Dr. Borries Demeler,
Room WE1044, 406-285-1935
Dr. Sandy Ross,
(406) 243-4560
Prerequisite(s): Interview with Dr. Borries Demeler Interview with Dr. Sandy Ross
Course Number: BCHM 4850/5850 - CRN11865 Bch 581
Room Number: Online via Zoom Online via Zoom, or ISB 103B
Academic Levels: Undergraduate, Graduate, Audit
Meeting Time: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:50 am - 12:05 pm
Duration: 09-Jan-2020 - 14-Apr-2020
Credit Hours: 3
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This course is intended for graduate students and 3rd year undergraduates or higher with an interest in analytical or physical biochemistry. In this course we will survey modern biophysical techniques for the characterization of biological macromolecules in the solution state. We will cover hydrodynamic theory of transport processes in solution, and discuss practical applications of these techniques to current problems in biophysics, biochemistry, structural- and molecular biology, and provide a comprehensive introduction into solution biophysics. Students will gain insight in how these methods can be used for problem solving in modern research.

The course will be presented via video conference (using Zoom, click to download client, login to this conference:, or enter the Meeting ID 4911768814 into your zoom client directly) in collaboration between the University of Montana in Missoula and the University of Lethbridge in Alberta. The course will be team-taught by experts in fluorescence spectroscopy, small angle X-ray/neutron scattering, molecular dynamics, and analytical ultracentrifugation. The course will be graded based on 4 homework sets and one 30 minute presentation on an assigned paper, there will not be any midterm or final exam. The class is coordinated with the academic calendars of the University of Montana and the University of Lethbridge, with lectures on the following days: January 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31, February 5, 7, 12, 14, 26, 28, March 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, April 2, 4, 9, 11, 16

This is a unique course in that it is jointly offered by the University of Montana and the University of Lethbridge. While significant efforts have been made to attend to the academic schedule and assessment policies of both institutions, there is a need for some flexibility with respect to course scheduling (both within the term and the final examination period). Students should therefore review the course schedule and requirements alongside with their commitments in other courses and identify any concerns early in the semester.

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Class materials will be made available in the download archive

University of Lethbridge Policy: As is allowed for in the Assessment of Student Learning Policy of the University of Lethbridge, Dr. Demeler is open to working through such instances, in cooperation with the student, to find resolution which does not unfairly disadvantage the student.

University of Montana Policy: Disability: equal access to instruction is provided through collaboration between students with disabilities, instructors, and Disability Services for Students. If you might have a disability that can affect your academic performance adversely, and you have not already registered with Disability Services, please contact Disability Services in Lommasson Center 154, (406)-243-2243. Dr. Ross will work with you and Disability Services to provide appropriate accommodation. Academic misconduct: All students must be familiar with the conduct code: