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1) Learn the vocabulary and conceptually understand at an advanced level the biochemical processes by which cells break down organic molecules and trap some of the released energy in the form of reactive nucleotides; use these reactive nucleotides to drive the synthesis of organic building blocks such as sugars, lipids, amino acids and nucleic acids from simpler molecules that serve as precursors. 2) To learn to critically review primary research articles in biochemistry by reading the assigned material related to proteins, expression and purification, kinetics, and metabolism as they are presented in class. 3) Research Project: To learn to critically review primary research articles in biochemistry by preparing a presenting and NIH R15 proposal/paper on a topic relevant to the topics covered in class. This project will teach students how to design and interpret experiments, thereby contributing to the creation of new knowledge in the fields of biochemistry and biophysics. This project will allow students to become knowledgeable in a specific subfield of biochemistry. 4) Develop an awareness of ethical responsibilities when conducting and reporting research and reviewing the research of others. 5) Understanding of the structures and functions of biological molecules. 6) Understanding of intermediary metabolism and its control. 7) Understanding of molecular genetics. 8) Ability to present concepts in oral, written and visual forms.