00.01 Biochemistry Course Introduction

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Hey there, my name is Christine Smith and I’m going to be your Biochemistry course instructor. This is me with my husband. He’s a physician. And then this is our son he’s adopted from China. My background is in chemistry and I also have a PhD from the department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. And I did my PhD in the field of RNA. I have spent the last over 15 years teaching. I love teaching! I’ve been teaching undergraduate chemistry, biochemistry, and some biology. And I am excited to teach you these classes. I love nurses! I have had a number of accidents–mountain biking, and skiing–and so I’ve had to have some surgeries and I tell you, the nurses are the best part about it. It’s exciting for me to be able to share my passion for biochemistry with you guys!

We are going to be covering things like hemoglobin and myoglobin, enzyme kinetics, and then lots of metabolism: an intro to it, carbohydrate metabolism, proteins, lipids, nucleic acids…in general, talking about how energy is generated from these various metabolic pathways. And that happens through the Kreb’s cycle and the electron transport chain. In addition, we’ll talk about some cell signaling and we will also talk about how all of these different processes get integrated together. I’m excited to be here and I hope that this is useful for you. We love you guys! Go out and be your best self today and as always happy nursing!