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Master SERP+ Programme

Structural studies of macromolecules: biocrystallography and diffractometry


  • Principles of protein structure
  • Classification of protein folds
  • Protein handling and crystallization
  • Modern diffraction techniques
  • Phasing methods in protein crystallography
  • Electron density maps and model building
  • Protein Data Bank (PDB) and validation of protein models


Familiarize the students with the principles of protein structure, properties of proteins and their crystals, the crystallographic method of macromolecular structure determination, and with the global resources of biostructural information.

Learning outcomes

The students will be able to:

  • find and use the information about the structure of biological macromolecules available in databanks
  • assess the quality of macromolecular models
  • use computer graphics for macromolecular structure analysis
  • understand the principles of protein crystallization and of macromolecular structure determination by X-ray diffraction

Recommended Books

  • G. Rhodes, Crystallography Made Crystal Clear, Academic Press, New York 2007
  • C. Branden, J. Tooze, Introduction to Protein Structure, Garland Publishing, New York 1998


Teaching Staff

Mariusz Jaskólski


Lecture: 15 h
Practical courses: 30 h

Grading System

Written multiple-choice test