This class was tough.
Not only are the professors brilliant, but the coursework gives a solid background to protein and DNA dynamics. Professor Kuriyan is the author of the course textbook, giving the rare case in which the textbook is vital and incredibly helpful to success in the course. They use clear, detailed slides as well as board-work to pace the class and keep it organized. They offer a plethora of resources to facilitate learning and success.
The highlight was gaining a sense of the use of PYMOL, which is directly applicable to research on campus. Many of the concepts are also thoroughly covered on the MCAT; the professor do a great job of covering subjects to their appropriate depths. The mechanisms of DNA mutation and repair were specifically useful to me, as this information was directly translatable to my research.
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Advice for students:
Read the textbook! With Kuriyan as author, the textbook fills in vital gaps that one may have missed in class, offers more examples and context for the material, and contains a plethora of practice problems that mimic exam-type problems. Students should also put plenty of time into problem sets, as they are the most useful tools when studying for exams.