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Summer school in Biochemical Engineering

Title: Enzyme, molecular biology and Microbial Engineering

Duration : 2 weeks (20h-25h courses)

Date: June, 4th - 15th, 2018

Location : Campus of INSA de Toulouse

ECTS credits: 2 to3



Description: The course combines grounding in the field of life sciences (molecular biology, biochemistry, enzymology and microbiology) and in engineering sciences (biochemical engineering). The objectives of the proposed courses deal with the understanding of the most modern concepts in molecular biology as well as mastering the concepts of biocatalysis (enzymatic and microbial) for industrial developments.


  • COURSE 1 - Enzyme kinetics (3-4 hours)

                Objectives: to give basic knowledge concerning the measurement of the enzymatic reaction rate and the associated mechanisms, to establish the rate equations of complex enzymatic reactions.

(Enzyme classification, reaction mechanism, initial reaction rate/enzymatic activity, Michaelis-Menten equation, Inhibition/activation, Effect of temperature and pH, Allosteric enzymes)

  • COURSE 2. Gene expression regulation (4-6 hours)

                At the end of this course, the student will have understood and be able to explain (main concepts): (1) nucleic acids properties, genome organization and DNA replication and (2) gene transcription, RNA processing and messenger RNA translation leading from DNA to proteins. Proteins folding and modifications will also be briefly described and key elements of gene expression regulation will also be given. Thus, the student will be able to define and describe the main molecular elements allowing genome organization and gene expression. The aim of this course is to provide the molecular biology and gene regulation knowledge that is required to master biotechnology tools for optimizing and/or modifying microorganism of industrial interest.

  • COURSE 3. Biochemical and Microbial Engineering (4-6h courses / 6-8h labworks / 2h tutorials)

(metabolism of industrial microbes, microbial kinetics and biochemical engineering)


Registration fees : 400€/week
Contact :
summer-school @ insa-toulouse.fr
Special partners have to contact
summer-school @ insa-toulouse.fr before registration


Registration (Deadline registration : March 18th, 2018)