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A.A. 2020/2021

Academic calendar

The academic calendar shows the deadlines and scheduled events that are relevant to students, teaching and technical-administrative staff of the University. Public holidays and University closures are also indicated. The academic year normally begins on 1 October each year and ends on 30 September of the following year.

Academic calendar

Course calendar

The Academic Calendar sets out the degree programme lecture and exam timetables, as well as the relevant university closure dates..

Definition of lesson periods
Period From To
I semestre Oct 1, 2020 Jan 29, 2021
II semestre Mar 1, 2021 Jun 11, 2021
Exam sessions
Session From To
Sessione invernale d'esame Feb 1, 2021 Feb 26, 2021
Sessione estiva d'esame Jun 14, 2021 Jul 30, 2021
Sessione autunnale d'esame Sep 1, 2021 Sep 30, 2021
Degree sessions
Session From To
Sessione estiva di laurea Jul 16, 2021 Jul 16, 2021
Sessione autunnale di laurea Oct 11, 2021 Oct 11, 2021
Sessione autunnale di laurea - Dicembre Dec 6, 2021 Dec 6, 2021
Sessione invernale di laurea Mar 9, 2022 Mar 9, 2022
Holidays
Period From To
Festa dell'Immacolata Dec 8, 2020 Dec 8, 2020
Vacanze Natalizie Dec 24, 2020 Jan 3, 2021
Epifania Jan 6, 2021 Jan 6, 2021
Vacanze Pasquali Apr 2, 2021 Apr 5, 2021
Festa del Santo Patrono May 21, 2021 May 21, 2021
Festa della Repubblica Jun 2, 2021 Jun 2, 2021
Vacanze estive Aug 9, 2021 Aug 15, 2021

Exam calendar

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Academic staff

A B C D F G L M P R S T U V Z

Assfalg Michael

michael.assfalg@univr.it +39 045 802 7949

Avesani Linda

linda.avesani@univr.it +39 045 802 7839

Ballottari Matteo

matteo.ballottari@univr.it 045 802 7098

Bassi Roberto

roberto.bassi@univr.it 045 802 7916; Lab: 045 802 7915

Bellin Diana

diana.bellin@univr.it 045 802 7090

Bettinelli Marco Giovanni

marco.bettinelli@univr.it 045 802 7902

Bolzonella David

david.bolzonella@univr.it 045 802 7965

Buffelli Mario Rosario

mario.buffelli@univr.it +39 0458027268

Cazzaniga Stefano

stefano.cazzaniga@univr.it +39 045 8027807

Cecconi Daniela

daniela.cecconi@univr.it +39 045 802 7056; Lab: +39 045 802 7087

Chignola Roberto

roberto.chignola@univr.it 045 802 7953

Chiurco Carlo

carlo.chiurco@univr.it +390458028159

Crimi Massimo

massimo.crimi@univr.it 045 802 7924; Lab: 045 802 7050

Dall'Osto Luca

luca.dallosto@univr.it +39 045 802 7806

Delledonne Massimo

massimo.delledonne@univr.it 045 802 7962; Lab: 045 802 7058

Dominici Paola

paola.dominici@univr.it 045 802 7966; Lab: 045 802 7956-7086

Fiammengo Roberto

roberto.fiammengo@univr.it 0458027038

Frison Nicola

nicola.frison@univr.it 045 802 7965

Furini Antonella

antonella.furini@univr.it 045 802 7950; Lab: 045 802 7043

Gregorio Enrico

Enrico.Gregorio@univr.it 045 802 7937

Guardavaccaro Daniele

daniele.guardavaccaro@univr.it +39 045 802 7903

Lampis Silvia

silvia.lampis@univr.it 045 802 7095

Marino Valerio

valerio.marino@univr.it 0458027227

Munari Francesca

francesca.munari@univr.it +39 045 802 7906

Pandolfini Tiziana

tiziana.pandolfini@univr.it 045 802 7918

Pezzotti Mario

mario.pezzotti@univr.it +39045 802 7951

Romeo Alessandro

alessandro.romeo@univr.it +39 045 802 7974-7936; Lab: +39 045 802 7808

Simonato Barbara

barbara.simonato@univr.it +39 045 802 7832; Lab. 7960

Speghini Adolfo

adolfo.speghini@univr.it +39 045 8027900

Tomazzoli Claudio

claudio.tomazzoli@univr.it

Torriani Sandra

sandra.torriani@univr.it 045 802 7921

Ugel Stefano

stefano.ugel@univr.it 045-8126451

Vettori Andrea

andrea.vettori@univr.it 045 802 7861/7862

Vitulo Nicola

nicola.vitulo@univr.it 0458027982

Zaccone Claudio

claudio.zaccone@univr.it +39 045 8027864

Zapparoli Giacomo

giacomo.zapparoli@univr.it +390458027047

Zenoni Sara

sara.zenoni@univr.it 045 802 7941

Zipeto Donato

donato.zipeto@univr.it +39 045 802 7204

Zivcovich Franco

franco.zivcovich@univr.it

Zoccatelli Gianni

gianni.zoccatelli@univr.it +39 045 802 7952

Study Plan

The Study Plan includes all modules, teaching and learning activities that each student will need to undertake during their time at the University. Please select your Study Plan based on your enrolment year.

CURRICULUM TIPO:
ModulesCreditsTAFSSD
12
B
(BIO/04)
9
A
(CHIM/06)
6
A
(FIS/07)
English B1 level
6
E
-

Legend | Type of training activity (TTA)

TAF (Type of Educational Activity) All courses and activities are classified into different types of educational activities, indicated by a letter.




SPlacements in companies, public or private institutions and professional associations

Teaching code

4S02696

Credits

12

Coordinatore

Paola Dominici

Also offered in courses

The teaching is organized as follows:

Biochimica

Credits

8

Period

I semestre

Academic staff

Paola Dominici

Biochimica analitica

Credits

4

Period

See the unit page

Academic staff

See the unit page

Learning outcomes

Biochemistry is a branch of life sciences which deals with the study of chemical reactions and their organization in living cells and organisms. It takes into account the studies related to the nature of the chemical constituents of living matter, their transformations in biological systems and the energy changes associated with these transformations. Students will be guided through the course to understand the relationships between structure and function of macromolecules, and the regulatory strategies, with particular focus on metabolic pathways. The experimental activities are aimed at understanding the rationale behind the basic biochemical protocols developed to investigate the macromolecules and their functions. Pratical knowledge of basic biochemical techniques by means of lessons and experiments. Students will gain a thorough competence on the main technique used in biochemistry labs, in particular they will learn isolation, identification and structure- function relationship of macromolecules, with a focus on proteins.

Program

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MM: BIOCHIMICA
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The properties that characterize living systems Biological molecules: Hierarchy among biological molecules: simple molecules as units of complex structures Water, pH and ionic balances Amino acids Acid-base properties of amino acids. Proteins: biological functions and primary structure Peptide bond. Architecture of protein molecules The three-dimensional structure of proteins: The secondary structure: description of helices and folded sheets. Ramachandran's graphs Globular proteins: tertiary structure and functional diversity Folding models. Factors determining the secondary and tertiary structure Information and thermodynamics of the survey. Conformational diseases. Quaternary structure of proteins Lipids and membranes: Fatty acids. Triacylglycerols. Membranes: Fluid mosaic model. Membrane transport Nucleotides and nucleic acids. DNA and RNA. Properties of nucleotides. Stability and formation of the phosphodiester bond. DNA denaturation and renaturation. Enzymes: catalytic power, specificity and regulation. Enzymatic kinetics: Free energy of activation and action of catalysts. The Michaelis-Menten equation. Steady state assumption. The kinetic parameters. Linear graphic methods. Enzymatic inhibition: irreversible and reversible. Competitive and non-competitive. Control mechanisms of enzymatic activity. Oxygen transport and storage: the role of hemoglobin and myoglobin. Structure-function relationship of Mb and Hb Hemoglobin: cooperative binding and allosteria. Models for the transition to allosteria in hemoglobin: the symmetrical model and the sequential model. Homotropic and heterotropic effectors. Bioenergetics. Basic thermodynamic concepts. Entropy and free energy. The course of a reaction, the variation of standard free energy. Effect of pH and cancentration on standard free energies. The importance of coupled processes in living systems. ATP and high-energy compounds: group transfer potential. The energy charge. The metabolism. The central metabolic pathways and energy metabolism. Existence of independent degradative and biosynthetic pathways. Oxidations as a source of metabolic energy. Main metabolism control mechanisms. Glycolysis: General aspects. The importance of coupled reactions in glycolysis. reactions of glycolysis. The metabolic fates of NADH and pyruvate The cycle of tricarboxylic acids: The connection phase: the oxidative decarboxylation of pyruvate. The reactions of the cycle. The cycle of TCAs as a source of intermediates for the biosynthetic pathways. Anaplerotic reactions. Electron transport and oxidative phosphorylation: Reduction potentials. The complexes of the electron transport chain. The thermodynamic approach to the chemoosmotic coupling hypothesis. ATP synthase. Shuttle systems for the transport of cytosolic NADH into mitochondria. Gluconeogenesis, glycogen metabolism and hormonal regulation. Hormones and second messengers: cAMP and G. The beta-oxidation of fatty acids with an equal number of saturated C atoms. The pentose phosphate pathway: reactions and control. Nitrogen metabolism: Transamination reactions; Fate of the carbonaceous skeleton of amino acids; fate of the amino group; urea cycle. NUCLEIC ACIDS: how the structure carries information. Structural levels of nucleic acids (DNA, RNA). DNA denaturation. TRANSFER OF INFORMATION DNA replication. Replication enzymology: structure / function of DNA polymerases. DNA replication fidelity.
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MM: BIOCHIMICA ANALITICA
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------------------------ MM: teoria ------------------------ Protein purification Ionic properties of amino acids and proteins. Isoelectric point. Sample preparation. Methods of cell disruption and production of the initial crude extracts. Protein solubilization methods. Saline swabs. Fractionation and precipitation techniques. Filtration, dialysis, sample concentration. Spectroscopic techniques. Properties of electromagnetic radiation. Light-matter interaction. States and processes involved in the phenomena of absorption, emission and decay. Absorption spectroscopy in ultraviolet and visible. Qualitative and quantitative aspects of light absorption. Colorimetric and spectroscopic methods applied to the determination of protein concentration. Spectrophotometers. Fluorescence and emission spectroscopy. Intrinsic and extrinsic fluorophores. Green fluorescent protein Spectrofluorimeters. Fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET). Circular dichroism. Chromatographic techniques. Principles of chromatography. The chromatogram. Parameters that determine the chromatographic performance. Van Deemter equation. Column chromatography: ion exchange, molecular exclusion, affinity, hydrophobic interaction and their applications. Electrophoretic techniques. General principles and electrophoretic mobility. Support materials. Nucleic acid electrophoresis. Protein electrophoresis. SDS PAGE. Electrophoresis in native conditions. Protein coloring on gel. Protein blotting (western blotting). Isoelectrofocusing. Basics of: Capillary electrophoresis. Two-dimensional electrophoresis gel. ------------------------ MM: laboratorio ------------------------ 1. Determination of the concentration of an unknown protein by absorption at 280 nm and by Bradford colorimetric method. 2. Determination of the kinetic parameters, Michaelis-Menten constant, turnover number, and inhibition constant of the acid phosphatase enzyme using the Lineweaver-Burk graphical linearization method. 3. Determination of the absorption spectrum of the pyridine coenzyme NADH (reduced form) and determination of the molar extinction coefficient of NADPH. 4. Determination of the molecular weight of an unknown protein by molecular exclusion chromatography. 5. Protein separation by electrophoresis under denaturing conditions (SDS-PAGE) followed by visualization of the bands by Coomassie Blue staining 6. Transfer of proteins onto the nitrocellulose membrane by electroblotting followed by immunodetection of the proteins for the identification of one or more proteins by exploiting the specificity of binding with an antibody (WESTERN BLOT). ------------------------ MM: laboratorio ------------------------ 1. Determination of the concentration of an unknown protein by absorption at 280 nm and by Bradford colorimetric method. 2. Determination of the kinetic parameters, Michaelis-Menten constant, turnover number, and inhibition constant of the acid phosphatase enzyme using the Lineweaver-Burk graphical linearization method. 3. Determination of the absorption spectrum of the pyridine coenzyme NADH (reduced form) and determination of the molar extinction coefficient of NADPH. 4. Determination of the molecular weight of an unknown protein by molecular exclusion chromatography. 5. Protein separation by electrophoresis under denaturing conditions (SDS-PAGE) followed by visualization of the bands by Coomassie Blue staining 6. Transfer of proteins onto the nitrocellulose membrane by electroblotting followed by immunodetection of the proteins for the identification of one or more proteins by exploiting the specificity of binding with an antibody (WESTERN BLOT).

Examination Methods

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MM: BIOCHIMICA
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The objective of the exam is to verify the level of knowledge and depth of the topics of the course program and the reasoning skills developed by the student. The evaluation is expressed out of thirty (minimum grade 18). The final exam (written for Bioinformatics students) will focus on all the topics of the program. The student will have to answer a series of open-ended questions, demonstrating that they understand and be able to use the fundamental concepts of each topic. The final exam (oral for Biotechnology students) will focus on all the topics of the program. The student will have to answer a series of questions, demonstrating that they understand and be able to use the fundamental concepts of each topic.
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MM: BIOCHIMICA ANALITICA
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------------------------ MM: teoria ------------------------ The final (written) exam will focus on all the topics of the program. The student will have to demonstrate that they understand and be able to use the fundamental concepts of each topic. ------------------------ MM: laboratorio ------------------------ The written exam of Analytical Biochemistry will contain questions related to laboratory experiences ------------------------ MM: laboratorio ------------------------ The written exam of Analytical Biochemistry will contain questions related to laboratory experiences

Bibliografia

Reference texts
Author Title Publishing house Year ISBN Notes
R.H.Garret; C.M. Grisham BIOCHIMICA (Edizione 5) Piccin 2014
CAMPBELL M.K. FARRELL S.O. MCDOUGAL M. BIOCHIMICA (Edizione 5) EDISES 2019
Loredano Pollegioni FONDAMENTI di BIOCHIMICA (Edizione 1) Edises 2021 9788836230358 Copertina Flessibile 57 Euro e-book 42 Euro
M. C. Bonaccorsi di Patti, R. Contestabile, M. L. Di Salvo Metodologie Biochimiche (Edizione 2) Zanichelli 2019

Type D and Type F activities

Le attività formative in ambito D o F comprendono gli insegnamenti impartiti presso l'Università di Verona o periodi di stage/tirocinio professionale.
Nella scelta delle attività di tipo D, gli studenti dovranno tener presente che in sede di approvazione si terrà conto della coerenza delle loro scelte con il progetto formativo del loro piano di studio e dell'adeguatezza delle motivazioni eventualmente fornite.

 

I semestre From 10/1/20 To 1/29/21
years Modules TAF Teacher
Model organism in biotechnology research D Andrea Vettori (Coordinatore)
II semestre From 3/1/21 To 6/11/21
years Modules TAF Teacher
Python programming language D Vittoria Cozza (Coordinatore)
List of courses with unassigned period
years Modules TAF Teacher
Subject requirements: chemistry and biology D Not yet assigned
Subject requirements: basic mathematics and physics D Not yet assigned
LaTeX Language D Enrico Gregorio (Coordinatore)

Career prospects


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Graduation

List of theses and work experience proposals

theses proposals Research area
Studio delle proprietà di luminescenza di lantanidi in matrici proteiche Synthetic Chemistry and Materials: Materials synthesis, structure-properties relations, functional and advanced materials, molecular architecture, organic chemistry - Colloid chemistry
Multifunctional organic-inorganic hybrid nanomaterials for applications in Biotechnology and Green Chemistry Synthetic Chemistry and Materials: Materials synthesis, structure-properties relations, functional and advanced materials, molecular architecture, organic chemistry - New materials: oxides, alloys, composite, organic-inorganic hybrid, nanoparticles
Stampa 3D di nanocompositi polimerici luminescenti per applicazioni in Nanomedicina Synthetic Chemistry and Materials: Materials synthesis, structure-properties relations, functional and advanced materials, molecular architecture, organic chemistry - New materials: oxides, alloys, composite, organic-inorganic hybrid, nanoparticles
Dinamiche della metilazione del DNA e loro contributo durante il processo di maturazione della bacca di vite. Various topics
Risposte trascrittomiche a sollecitazioni ambientali in vite Various topics
Studio delle basi genomico-funzionali del processo di embriogenesi somatica in vite Various topics

Gestione carriere


Attendance

As stated in point 25 of the Teaching Regulations for the A.Y. 2021/2022, attendance is not mandatory. However, professors may require students to attend lectures for a minimum of hours in order to be able to take the module exam, in which case the methods that will be used to check attendance will be explained at the beginning of the module. 
Please refer to the Crisis Unit's latest updates for the mode of teaching.

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