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Course BIO-MBO-01-K-5

Redox Biology (S, 3.0 LP)

Course Type

SWS Type Course Form CP (Effort) Presence-Time / Self-Study
- S Reading course 3.0 CP 16 h 74 h
(S) 3.0 CP 16 h 74 h


CP, Effort 3.0 CP = 90 h
Position of the semester 1 Sem. in SuSe
Level [5] Master (Entry Level)
Language [EN] English
Area of study [BIO-MBO] Molecular Botany
Livecycle-State [NORM] Active

Possible Study achievement

  • Verification of study performance: continuous and active participation in the courses
  • Details of the examination (type, duration, criteria) will be announced at the beginning of the course.


− Redox biology is an important factor for the metabolic control and development of organisms as well as for stress responses. Students will read textbook chapters as well as original research articles and discuss the generation and roles of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species in different contexts. The aim of this reading course is a basic understanding of redox processes and electron transfer pathways inside cell compartments including important redox-active proteins containing thiol switches.

− Current methodological approaches to understand redox processes in cells will be introduced and discussed (e.g. ROS stainings, mass spectrometry and fluorescent genetically encoded biosensors).

Competencies / intended learning achievements

Professional competence:

− Basic understanding of redox processes in cells with an emphasis on redox potentials and cysteine residues in proteins.

− Critical reading, interpreting and discussing current research papers and reviews on these topics, and understanding methodological approaches used.

Methodological competence:

− Understanding the theoretical background to detect ROS and redox modifications in cells.

Social competence:

− Learning to discuss scientific issues with other students and the teacher and explaining complex concepts.

− Learning to simplify complicated topics and ideas and to identify their key aspects.


− Acquirement of scientific knowledge by self-responsible reading of English research literature and identifying points that require further explanation.

− Critical evaluation of current research data.

Intended Learning Outcomes:

On successfully completing the module students will be able to…

− improve their knowledge regarding cellular redox processes in different compartments.

− read and understand specialist English literature (text book chapters, research papers and reviews).

− summarize and discuss orally research papers.


Halliwell, B., & Gutteridge, J. M. (2015). Free radicals in biology and medicine. Oxford university press, USA.


Will be provided at or prior to the beginning of the course.

Requirements for attendance (informal)

Bachelor-grade knowledge in biochemistry

Requirements for attendance (formal)

Admission to the Master Program ‘Biology’

References to Course [BIO-MBO-01-K-5]

Course-Pool Name
[BIO-LR_all-KPOOL-5] Lecture & Reading Course - all
[BIO-LR_Eco-KPOOL-5] Lecture & Reading Course: Eco
[BIO-LR_MCB-KPOOL-5] Lecture & Reading Course: MCB
[BIO-LR_MPBiotech-KPOOL-5] Lecture & Reading Course: MPBiotech