Course detail

Methods for Analysis of Biological Systems

FCH-BCA_MABSAcad. year: 2017/2018

The aim of the course is to present methods which are used in chemistry, biochemistry and biotechnology in order to separate, characterize, identify and quantify various biomolecules. The presented methods includes centrifugation, dialysis and ultrafiltration. Furthermore, the course will be focused also on chromatography (gel filtration, ion-exchange chromatography, HIC, affinity chromatography) and its utilization for isolation and purification of proteins and other biomolecules. Moreover, attention will be paid also to electrophoretic techniques used for characterization of proteins (PAGE, PAGE-SDS, Tricine-PAGE, native PAGE, 2D electrophoresis etc.) and DNA/RNA (horizontal electrophoresis, DGGE, TGGE etc.). The aim of the course will be also to explain principles of other methods for characterization of molecular mass of biopolymers such as SEC/MALS, ultracentrifugation, MALDI-TOF, DLS and others. In order to understand structure and function of biomolecules, the students will be familiarized with UV-VIS spectrometry, fluorescence spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, microfluidic techniques, flow cytometry and antibody-based assays . The course will also deals with application of optical, fluorescence and electron microscopy to study complex biological systems.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The students attending the course will gain knowledge as well as practice with selected methods and techniques utilized for analysis of complex biological systems.


basic knowledge on biology, biochemistry and molecular biotechnology, understanding of basic properties of biomolecules and methods employed in analytical chemistry


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Králová B. : Bioanalytické metody. Vysoká škola chemicko-technologická v Praze, Praha 2001. (CS)
Lodish H., Berk A., Matsudaira P., Kaiser C.A., Krieger M., Scott M.P., Zipursky L., Darnell J. : Molecular Cell Biology. W. H. Freeman and Company, New York 2001. (CS)
Štulík K. : Analytické separační metody. Nakladatelství Karolinum, Praha 2004. (CS)
Voet D., Voetová J.G. : Biochemie. Victoria Publishing, Praha 1995. (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course uses teaching methods in form of Lecture - 2 teaching hours per week, Seminar - 2 teaching hours per week. The e-learning system (LMS Moodle) is available to teachers and students.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Examination - written and oral part. Elaboration and prezentation of seminar project.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Characterization of basic biomolecules (proteins, DNA, RNA, lipids etc.), structure, function and properties
2. Characterization, quantification and purification of proteins, electrophoretic techniques, activity assays, determination of molecular weight, basic methods utilized in proteomics, protein sequencing
3. Characterization, quantification, purification and amplification of nucleic acids, electrophoretic techniques
4. Optical, fluorescence and electron microscopy in analysis of biological systems
5. Flow cytometry
6. ELISA other antibody-based assays
7. Modern fluorescence methods in analysis of biological systems
8. Determination of gene expression


The aim of the course is to familiarize students with instrumental methods utilized for separation and analysis of biological systems, special attention will be paid to methods used in nanototechnology and nanobiotechnology.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPCP_CHCHT Bachelor's

    branch BPCO_CHMN , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory

  • Programme CKCP_CZV lifelong learning

    branch CKCO_CZV , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer