CHENE4800 Protein Engineering

Introduces fundamental tools and techniques currently used to engineer protein molecules. Covers the methods used to analyze the impact of these alterations on different protein functions with specific emphasis on enzymatic catalysis. Uses case studies to reinforce the concepts covered, as well as to demonstrate the wide impact of protein engineering research. Applies basic concepts in the chemical engineering curriculum (reaction kinetics, mathematical modeling, thermodynamics) to specific approaches utilized in protein engineering. 

Course Significance: Protein engineering is a young and exciting interdisciplinary field where engineering principles and practices are utilized to generate molecules with novel properties. The applications of this technology can be found in diverse areas including: drug discovery, industrial chemical synthesis, transgenic plant research, and nanotechnology. Chemical engineers will continue to contribute significantly to this important discipline. As the worldwide impact of biotechnology increases, it is important to continually offer new and cutting edge instruction in these subject areas.

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