Searching for New Antibiotics in Northern Michigan Blue-Green Algae
Prerequisites: CHEM 130 and BIO 171 or equivalents
Meets: August 16-28 at U-M Biological Station + Fall 2021 semester in Ann Arbor
Location: U-M Biological Station
Requirements: Satisfies the PitE Practical Experience requirement
Natural products have long been used as medicine. Cyanobacteria are particularly renowned for producing compounds with antibacterial, anticancer, and insecticidal properties.
In this combination field-lab research course, you will learn taxonomic identification of biologically relevant blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) and proper field collection techniques. You will then head to the lab with your samples for extraction and purification of natural products which you will test for therapeutic properties.
From discovery by organic extraction, fractionation, and column chromatography, to analysis via HPLC and mass spectrometry, you will learn first-hand how a natural compound becomes a therapeutic drug.
Fill out the UMBS Application and enroll in the Fall 2021 section of MEDCHEM 447.
This class spans the end of the summer half-term (August 16-28, 2021) and the Fall 2021 semester. Credits reflect both the 2-week field component at the Biological Station and semester-long research component in Ann Arbor.