Teaching Scenes, Tutorials, and Educators' Pages

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All pages in Proteopedia are educational, but some have been designed by teachers (instructors, professors, educators) specifically as slides for projection to illustrate lectures, or as tutorials for classroom use. Below is a list of such pages. Note that pages by students are listed separately at Student Projects.

To Search this page, use your browser's Find function (Windows: Ctrl-F; Mac: Cmd-F). For a more extensive listing than this page, see Proteopedia:Structure Index.

Pages created within a User: domain are protected from edits by others, but their contents may be freely copied and adapted into other pages in Proteopedia, see Help:Page Type.


Pages by Educators


See a longer list at About Macromolecular Structure which includes topics of a more technical nature.

  • Basics of Protein Structure introduces primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary structure at an advanced high school or introductory college level.
  • Chains. Many students have difficulty explaining what is a macromolecular "chain" and what are its properties. This page will help.

  • Evolutionary Conservation, Introduction to explains conservation and variation using Rett's Syndrome as an extreme example, multiple sequence alignments and coloring proteins by conservation (ConSurf) using enolase as an example.
  • Molecular Visualization, Introduction to: introduces atomic representations (ball and stick, stick, spacefilling), slabbing, backbone representations, disulfide bond representations, and common color schemes.
  • Resolution What is the meaning of resolution in an X-ray structure determination?


Within Proteopedia

Many of these pages have been Featured in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education.

  • Glutamine synthetase: User:Tom Gluick/glutamine synthetase (University of Maryland, Baltimore County). Includes instructions for using Jmol commands in the Jmol console for advanced scene authoring.
  • G protein, ras oncogene: James_D_Watson/Proteins_Intro. (European Bioinformatics Institute.)
  • Lac repressor: Introduction, structure, morph of the conversion from non-specific to specific DNA binding, and questions to challenge your understanding.
  • Nucleosomes: User:Eric Martz/Nucleosomes: Slides of nucleosome structure designed for, and used in, the majors' biochemistry class (Biochm 524). The same slides were copied into the non-protected page Nucleosomes, where they are freely editable (and the color scheme was improved). (University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA US)

External to Proteopedia

  • BioModel: interactive exploration in JSmol of carbohydrates, lipids, vitamins, proteins, and nucleic acids. English or Spanish or several other languages.
  • DNA Structure, a non-linear JSmol tutorial in English, Spanish, and many other languages. Includes quiz questions for students of various ages.
  • Water: hydrogen bonds, liquid, ice. Includes an animation and a quiz. English or Spanish.


You are free to copy and adapt syllabi in Proteopedia. See Terms of Service and licenses linked at the bottom of this page.

  • Introduction to Proteopedia and Authoring Pages for a work session for Chemistry 791 - Biomolecular Structure (University of Massachusetts at Amherst) so they could do their end-of-the-semester presentations on the protein of their choice using Proteopedia.



  • Proteopedia pages featuring artistic representations of macromolecules, etc. will be found under Art.

Molecule of the Month (MotM) Series

The Molecule of the Month series of tutorials by David Goodsell offers a wealth of molecular structure information, beautifully explained and illustrated, for student and educators. Beginning with the August, 2008 molecule, Goodsell has begun writing Proteopedia pages to complement his articles. For a complete list of Proteopedia pages in this Category see RCSB PDB Molecule of the Month.

See Also

Many excellent educational pages with contributions from students, listed at Student Projects.

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