Membranes, Energy and Metabolism

Biological membranes and their role in energy metabolism, regulation of metabolism by hormones and other factors.


  • BSc Biochemistry, BSc Medical Biochemistry, BSc Human Biology


Year Two

20 Credits

This course aims to illustrate the pivotal role of biological membranes in the cell physiology of prokaryotes and eukaryotes, including both plant and animal cells. Lectures and student-centred activities will explore this subject under three broad themes.

  1. The role and properties of membranes: lipid and protein components; how membranes define compartments; techniques and methodologies.
  2. Energy generation within the cell: electron-transfer pathways; generation of ATP; oxidative phosphorylation and photosynthesis.
  3. Metabolism: gluconeogenesis and the pentose phosphate pathway; the Calvin cycle; regulatory mechanisms and the control of metabolic pathways; the influence of hormones and other factors.


Lectures, student-centred activities


Exam (70%), Coursework (30%)