Prof. Swagata Dasgupta

IIT Kharagpur

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This course is an introductory course that will focus on basic concepts in biochemistry. The course deals with an understanding of biological macromolecules: proteins, carbohydrates,lipids, and nucleic acids. The structure and functional roles of the macromolecules will be studied in addition to fundamentals of enzyme chemistry: kinetics, mechanisms, inhibition,structure and mechanism. The course will also touch upon the basics of membrane transport and bioenergetic principles. After completion of the course, the students should be able to understand the chemical properties and three-dimensional structure of these biological macromolecules in relationship to their biological function.


 Core course BSc/MSc/MS/PhD


Basic concepts in Chemistry and Biology


Professor Dasgupta is a completed her B.Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry from Presidency College, Kolkata. She obtained her M.Sc. from IIT Kanpur and Ph.D. from RPI, USA. She joined IIT Kharagpur in 1995 and started research in the areas of protein–protein, protein-small molecule interactions and protein structure analyses. The unique feature of her work is the blend of experimental protein chemistry with in-depth structural analysis. She is the recipient CRSI (Chemical research Society of India) Bronze medal (2016) and the Darshan Ranganathan Memorial Lecture Award of CRSI (2013). She was elected Fellow of the West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology (2014). Her teaching contributions range from classroom teaching, web-course development, introduction of new courses and teaching laboratories, development of curriculum and initiation of research in a new area in the department. Her NPTEL online course in Biochemistry has been very well received. She has delivered many popular lectures to scholars and students and has been invited to inspire young women to science. She is also a former member of the Women’s Scientist Scheme of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and is currently a member of the core committee for early career scientists in Chemical Sciences of DST. She has guided 14 Ph.D. students and has over 100 publications in peer reviewed journals.

Certification Process

1. Join the course
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COURSE ENROLMENT FEE: The Fee for Enrolment is Rs. 3000 + GST

2. Watch Videos+Submit Assignments
After enrolling, learners can watch lectures and learn and follow it up with attempting/answering the assignments given.

3. Get qualified to register for exams
A learner can earn a certificate in the self paced course only by appearing for the online remote proctored exam and to register for this, the learner should get minimum required marks in the assignments as given below:

Assignment score = Score more than 50% in at least 9/12 assignments.
Exam score = 50% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.”

4. Register for exams
The certification exam is conducted online with remote proctoring. Once a learner has become eligible to register for the certification exam, they can choose a slot convenient to them from what is available and pay the exam fee. Schedule of available slot dates/timings for these remote-proctored online examinations will be published and made available to the learners.

EXAM FEE: The remote proctoring exam is optional for a fee of Rs.1500 + GST. An additional fee of Rs.1500 will apply for a non-standard time slot.

5. Results and Certification
After the exam, based on the certification criteria of the course, results will be declared and learners will be notified of the same. A link to download the e-certificate will be shared with learners who pass the certification exam.


Course Details

Week 1. Amino Acids
Week 2. Protein Structure
Week 3. Protein Structure (continued)
Week 4. Enzymes
Week 5. Enzymes (continued)
Week 6. Enzyme mechanisms
Week 7. Lipids and Membranes
Week 8. Nucleic acids
Week 9: Vitamins and Coenzymes
Week 10: Carbohydrates
Week 11: Bioenergetics
Week 12:  Metabolism

Books and References

1. Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry, 6th edition, by David L. Nelson and Michael M. Cox.
2. Biochemistry by Voet and Voet


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