Eilika Weber-Ban: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2022

Name Prof. Dr. Eilika Weber-Ban
Inst. f. Molekularbiol.u.Biophysik
ETH Zürich, HPK E 19
Otto-Stern-Weg 5
8093 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 633 36 78
RelationshipAdjunct Professor

551-0438-00LProtein Folding, Assembly and Degradation Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 20.

The enrolment is done by the D-BIOL study administration.
6 credits7PR. Glockshuber, E. Weber-Ban
AbstractStudents will carry out defined research projects related to the current research topics of the groups of Prof. Glockshuber and Prof. Weber-Ban. The topics include mechanistic studies on the assembly of adhesive pili from pathogenic bacteria, disulfide bond formation in the bacterial periplasm, ATP-dependent chaperone-protease complexes and formation of amyloid deposits in Alzheimer's disese.
ObjectiveThe course should enable the students to understand and apply biophysical methods, in particular kinetic and spectroscopic methods, to unravel the mechanism of complex reactions of biological macromolecules and assemblies in a quantitative manner.
ContentThe students will be tutored in their experimental work by doctoral or postdoctoral students from the Glockshuber or Weber-Ban group. In addition, the course includes specific lectures that provide the theoretical background for the experimental work, as well as excercises on the numeric evaluation of biophysical data, and literature work.

Participation in one of the following projects will be possible:

Projects of the Glockshuber group:
- Purification, biophysical characterization and structure determiation of enzymes required for disulfide bond formation in the periplasm of Gram-negative bacteria.
- Mechanistic studies on the assembly of type 1 pili from pathogenic Escherichia coli strains. In vitro reconstitution of pilus assembly from all purified components. Characterization of folding, stability and assembly behaviour of individual pilus subunits.
- Identification of intermediates in the aggregation of the human Abeta peptide

Experimental work on these projects involves
- Molecular cloning, recombinant protein production in E. coli and protein purification
- Protein crystallization
- Thermodynamic and kinetic characterization of conformational changes in proteins and protein-ligand interactions by fluorescence and circular dischoism spectroscopy
- Analysis of rapid reactions by stopped-flow fluorescence
- Negative-stain electron microscopy
- Light scattering

Projects of the Weber-Ban group:

- Generation and purification of site-directed variants of the E. coli ClpA/P protease and chaperone-proteasome complexes from other organisms, their biophysical characterization, including rapid kinetics by stopped-flow methods, ATPase activity measurtements, negative-stain electron microscopy and light scattering
Prerequisites / NoticeAttendance of the concept course "Biomolecular Structure and Mechanism I" (551-0307-00L) in the autumn semester is highly recommended for acquiring the theoretical background to this block course.
551-1324-00LBiochemistry5 credits4GK. Locher, N. Ban, R. Glockshuber, J. Piel, E. Weber-Ban
AbstractThe lecture teaches central reactions and metabolic pathways of biochemistry as well as molecular biology with emphasis on chemical and partly biophysical aspects.
ObjectiveUnderstanding of the most important metabolic processes involved in cellular energy production and storage as well as selected biosynthetic processes (incl. sugars, fats, steroids etc). Understanding of the molecular processes involved in replication, transcription and translation.
Prerequisites / NoticeSome lecture units are held in English.
551-1402-00LMolecular and Structural Biology VI: Biophysical Analysis of Macromolecular Mechanisms
This course is strongly recommended for the Masters Major "Biology and Biophysics".
4 credits2VR. Glockshuber, T. Ishikawa, S. Jonas, B. Schuler, E. Weber-Ban
AbstractThe course is focussed on biophysical methods for characterising conformational transitions and reaction mechanisms of proteins and biological mecromolecules, with focus on methods that have not been covered in the Biology Bachelor Curriculum.
ObjectiveThe goal of the course is to give the students a broad overview on biopyhsical techniques available for studying conformational transitions and complex reaction mechanisms of biological macromolecules. The course is particularly suited for students enrolled in the Majors "Structural Biology and Biophysics", "Biochemistry" and "Chemical Biology" of the Biology MSc curriculum, as well as for MSc students of Chemistry and Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences".
ContentThe biophysical methods covered in the course include advanced reaction kinetics, methods for the thermodynamic and kinetic analysis of protein-ligand interactions, static and dynamic light scattering, analytical ultracentrifugation, spectroscopic techniques such as fluorescence anisotropy, fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) and single molecule fluorescence spectrosopy, modern electron microscopy techniques, atomic force microscopy, and isothermal and differential scanning calorimetry.
Lecture notesCourse material from the individual lecturers wil be made available at the sharepoint website

Prerequisites / NoticeFinished BSc curriculum in Biology, Chemistry or Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences. The course is also adequate for doctoral students with research projects in structural biology, biophysics, biochemistry and chemical biology.
551-1620-00LMolecular Biology, Biophysics1 credit1KR. Glockshuber, F. Allain, N. Ban, K. Locher, E. Weber-Ban, K. Wüthrich
AbstractThe course consists of a series of research seminars on Structural Biology and Biophysics, given by both scientists of the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) in Structural Biology and external speakers.
ObjectiveThe goal of this course is to provide doctoral and postdoctoral students with a broad overview on the most recent developments in biochemistry, structural biology and biophysics.
Prerequisites / NoticeInformation on the individual seminars is provided on the following websites: