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Postgraduate course

Lipid Biochemistry: From Chemistry to Diseases

Teaching semester

Autumn. This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. Application deadline is Thursday in week 33 for the autumn semester.

Please see this page for more information: https://www.uib.no/en/matnat/53431/admission-courses-limited-capacity

You will receive confirmation of whether you received a spot in Studentweb no later than Tuesday the week after the deadline.

The first lecture/orientation meeting is compulsory, which means you will lose your spot if you do not attend class that day. The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on the "Mitt UiB" learning platform.

Objectives and Content


The course aims to deepen the knowledge acquired in basic lipid biochemistry and to further understand the properties of lipids at the chemical, molecular and biological levels that contribute to cellular function and diseases.


The course covers the following main areas: properties and function of membrane and intracellular lipids, the biochemical and biological significance of lipid-protein interactions, advanced lipid methodology and lipid-related diseases

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

  • can explain phospholipid biosynthetic and catabolic pathways
  • can explain methods of lipid analysis
  • can describe and understand how lipid assemble into membranes and accommodate for trans-membrane proteins
  • can explain lipid-protein interactions at membranes and their functions
  • can describe lipid modification of proteins chemically and functionally
  • can explain lipid-mediated signaling and its role in cellular processes
  • can describe different lipid-mediated diseases at the molecular level


The student

  • is able to apply new knowledge and principles to understand molecular mechanisms of normal cellular processes and lipid-related diseases
  • to participate and to report in a small team provided question-based assignments

General competence

The student can demonstrate advanced knowledge in lipid biochemistry and is able to apply it in a wider biochemical and biological context

Required Previous Knowledge

MOL100, MOL200, KJEM110 and KJEM130 (or equivalent).

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

A written assignement . Mandatory activity is valid for five subsequent semesters.  

Forms of Assessment

Written exam 4 hours.

Examination support materials: Non

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.


Contact Information

Department og Biological Sciences, e-mail: studie@bio.uib.no

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. Autumn 2020 written exams will be arranged either at home or on campus. Please see course information on MittUiB.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    04.12.2020, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam