134.202 Biomembranes
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2024S, VO, 1.0h, 1.5EC


  • Semester hours: 1.0
  • Credits: 1.5
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Online

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to summarise lipid biosynthesis, to explain the properties and processes of biomembranes, to discuss membrane transport and electric signalling as well as to analyse signalling via G-protein-coupled receptors.

Subject of course


  • Classification
  • Lipids in eukaryotes and prokaryotes
  • Fatty Acid Biosynthesis
  • Biosynthesis of phospholipids, sphingolipids
  • Cholesterol and steroids

Membrane biophysics

  • Shape of lipids, lipid aggregates
  • Lipid bilayers & properties
  • Lateral diffusion
  • Biomembrane structure & properties
  • The plasma membrane
  • Lipid phase separation Permeability of Biomembranes
  • Nernst potential, resting potential

Biomembrane function

  • How lipids modulate membrane function: membrane asymmetry, curvature etc
  • Membrane proteins
  • Signalling at membranes
  • Membrane transport
  • Ion channels
  • Current concepts of biomembrane organization and function
  • Methods to study biomembranes
  • Synthetic membranes and their use

Teaching methods

Presentation and discussion of the subjects with the students.

Mode of examination




Course dates

Wed10:00 - 12:0010.04.2024 - 29.05.2024Seminarraum BA 02B 134.202 VO Biomembranes
Biomembranes - Single appointments
Wed10.04.202410:00 - 12:00Seminarraum BA 02B 134.202 VO Biomembranes
Wed17.04.202410:00 - 12:00Seminarraum BA 02B 134.202 VO Biomembranes
Wed24.04.202410:00 - 12:00Seminarraum BA 02B 134.202 VO Biomembranes
Wed08.05.202410:00 - 12:00Seminarraum BA 02B 134.202 VO Biomembranes
Wed15.05.202410:00 - 12:00Seminarraum BA 02B 134.202 VO Biomembranes
Wed29.05.202410:00 - 12:00Seminarraum BA 02B 134.202 VO Biomembranes

Examination modalities

oral exam on appointment. Estimated duration: 20 minutes

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
06.03.2024 00:00 31.08.2024 00:00 31.08.2024 00:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 453 Biomedical Engineering Mandatory
066 461 Technical Physics Mandatory elective


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Basic cell biology knowledge

Preceding courses