Fundamentals of Biology
This course focuses on the basic principles of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and recombinant DNA technologies. The material presented introduces modern biology at the molecular level: the structure and function of biological macromolecules, the basics of cellular metabolism, meiosis and inheritance, DNA replication, the basics of gene expression, and general recombinant DNA techniques.
Website: Fundamentals of Biology
Introduction to Biology - The Secret of Life
This is an introductory level biology course hosted by Professor Eric Lander, who was one of the leaders of the Human Genome Project. The course content reflects the topics taught in the MIT introductory biology courses and many biology courses across the world. As a learner, you will first focus on the structure and function of macromolecules such as DNA, RNA and proteins. You will discover how changes in the structure of some of these macromolecules alter their functions and what the implications of such changes have on human health. As you continue in the course, you will apply an understanding of heredity and information flow within cells to human health and disease and will learn about molecular biological techniques and their potential to impact our changing world. After you complete this course, you will have a foundation in biology that will allow you to understand the remarkable medical revolution going on today.
Website: Introduction to Biology - The Secret of Life
Bioscience in the 21st Century
Multidisciplinary survey course in which several theme-based topics in bioscience and their social/ethical considerations are explored. Topics include infectious diseases, cancer, genome-based medicine, engineered biomedical systems, stem cells, bioinformatics, and many more.
Website: Bioscience in the 21st Century
Midsummer Nights' Science
An annual lecture series that explores key advances in genomics and medicine. This lecture series is held each summer, and is free and open to the general public. Midsummer Nights' Science takes place at the Broad Institute in Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Website: Midsummer Nights' Science on YouTube
The Chemistry of Life
The goal of this course is to develop skills for generating new ideas at the interface between chemistry and biology by analysing pioneering studies.
Website: The Chemistry of Life
Life in the Universe: Syntheses for Life
Learn about the chemical principles behind key synthetic processes relevant to life such as protein synthesis, photosynthesis, and ammonia synthesis. Nobel Lectures and key scientific papers are used.
Medicinal Chemistry: The Molecular Basis of Drug Discovery
This course opens with a brief history of drug discovery and introduces the modern drug approval process. Then, it transitions to teaching about receptors and enzymes, the body’s molecules most often targeted by drugs. It also discusses the topics of pharmacokinetics (drug adsorption, elimination, and half-life) and metabolism. The course closes with units on how potential drug molecules are identified and subsequently optimized into safe and effective drugs.