Biochemistry II


Stanford School of Engineering



This course will focus on metabolic biochemistry: the study of chemical reactions that provide the cell with the energy and raw materials necessary for life. Students will examine metabolism of glycogen, fatty acids, amino acids, and nucleotides as well as the macromolecular machines that synthesize RNA, DNA, and proteins. Medical relevance is emphasized throughout the course.


Background knowledge of basic chemical kinetics, elements of protein structure (e.g. alpha helix, beta sheet), and rudimentary organic chemistry.

Knowledge at the level of Stanford Courses: BIO188/288 or CHEM181 or CHEMENG181/281 or equivalent.

Topics include

  • Metabolism
  • Glycolysis and gluconeogenesis
  • Citric acid cycle
  • Oxidative phosphorylation
  • The pentose phosphate pathway
  • Photosynthesis
  • Lipid and steroid biosynthesis

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