Advanced Microbial Physiology And Biochemistry
The course is intended to equip the student with the knowledge needed to understand the role of genes, enzymes and nutrition in the dynamics of microbial growth and survival in the environment. The students should understand how microorganisms make use of macromolecules in their struggle to exist.
The course will provide the student a profound knowledge on the relationships between microorganisms, their function in nature, their application in industry and their potential for solving environmental problems. The course covers the metabolism and genetics of the cell, microbial diversity, and the use of microbes for industrial production and bioremediation.
This advanced course aims to familiarize participants with the integrated, interdisciplinary approach required in modern biotechnology. Microbial physiologists, enzymologists and (bio)chemical engineers from the faculty staff, together with invited (inter)national experts from other universities and industry, will offer a combination of theoretical (lectures, tutorials, mathematical modelling) and practical work (demonstrations, data collection and interpretation of results). In this way, the course will present an intensive and in-depth treatment of the state of the art. At the same time, the course provides the necessary link between, on one hand, fundamental subjects (e.g. biochemistry / enzymology) and, on the other hand, practical applications in large-scale biotechnological processes.
Course expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to:
1) Explain microbial nutrition and growth
2) Understand and describe the principles of the energy-yielding and -consuming reactions and pathways in microbial metabolism;
3) Perform calculations on reaction equations and electrochemical gradients and to quantify transport of compounds, respectively;
4) Perform various analyses/experiments commonly involved in microbial physiology research and describe and interpret the results concisely in a report;
5) Analyze a problem in the field of microbial physiology and compose a concise report groupwise.