551-1147-00L  Bioactive Natural Products from Bacteria

SemesterAutumn Semester 2021
LecturersJ. Piel
Periodicityevery semester recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNumber of participants limited to 8.

The enrolment is done by the D-BIOL study administration.

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AbstractLab course. In small groups projects of relevance to current research questions in the field of bacterial natural product biosynthesis are addressed.
ObjectiveIntroduction to relevant subjects of the secondary metabolism of bacteria. Training in practical work in a research laboratory. Scientific writing in form of a research report.
ContentResearch project on bacteria that produce bioactive natural products (e.g., Streptomycetes, Cyanobacteria, uncultivated bacteria). The techniques used will depend on the project, e.g. PCR, cloning, natural product analysis, precursor feeding studies, enzyme expression and analysis.
Lecture notesnone.
LiteratureWill be provided for each of the projects at the beginning of the course.