The Biochemistry Laboratory course (BIOCHM 4974), taught by Ritcha Mehra-Chaudhary, an assistant teaching professor of biochemistry, is a techniques class involving analytical experiments with carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids; use of instrumentation in biochemistry; and purification and kinetics of enzymes.
A writing intensive course, Biochemistry Laboratory, is one of two capstone courses required for biochemistry majors.
Students in the laboratory often work together on assignments, sharing the variety of tasks that go into that days' work.
Students in the course have the opportunity to use the Molecular Cytology Core, a resource for all types of light microscopy, immunocytochemistry, in situ hybridization techniques, and general scientific image analysis and processing. Instrumentation available for client use includes two confocal microscopes, micro-injection system, epi-fluorescence stereoscope, conventional wide-field microscopes, paraffin microtome, cryostat and ultramicrotome.
While in the Molecular Cytology Core, students met with Alexander Jurkevich, associate director, Advanced Light Microscopy Core. Jurkevich showed students the capabilities of the equipment within the Molecular Cytology Core.
The Biochemistry Laboratory course allows students to gain valuable hands-on learning experiences throughout the semester.
Students in the BIOCHM 4974 course spend time carefully preparing their experiments for further study.
The nature of biochemistry is interdisciplinary, spanning the disciplines of biology and chemistry. In the same spirit, Mizzou Biochemistry bridges the School of Medicine and the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. MU is also unique in that it houses medicine, agriculture, engineering, veterinary medicine, an interdisciplinary life sciences research center and the highest-powered academic research reactor in the country all on one campus. Thus, there are many opportunities to bring together scientific resources and expertise to meet important challenges.