Swayam Central

Nutritional and Clinical Biochemistry

By Dr. Senjam Sunil Singh   |   Manipur University, Canchipur.
1. After the completion of the course the students will have a better understanding on chemical properties of nutrients and other dietary constituents with scientific approach by describing their functions at cellular and molecular levels.

2. The course will also provide an in-depth knowledge about how a clinical investigation of laboratory tests in humans (such as body fluids) are used for diagnosis of diseases and its therapeutic purposes.


Learners enrolled: 2057


Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 20 Jan 2020
End Date : 20 Apr 2020
Exam Date : 10 May 2020
Enrollment Ends : 08 Mar 2020
Category :
  • Chemistry
  • Level : Undergraduate


    Week 1:

    1. Introduction and definition of food and nutrition,
    2. Basic food groups: energy yielding, body building and protective foods,
    3. Physiology and nutrition of carbohydrates and fats,
    4. Physiology and nutrition of proteins and water.

    Week 2:

    1. Fat soluble vitamins: Vitamin A, D, E, K,
    2. Water soluble vitamins: vitamin B complex and vitamin C,
    3. Minerals (Ca, Fe and iodine) and their biological functions,
    4. Composition of balanced diet and recommended dietary allowance (RDA).

    Week 3:

    1. Basic concepts of energy expenditure, units of energy,
    2. The basal metabolic rate (BMR) and its determination,
    3. Specific dynamic action (SDA) of foods,

    Week 4:

    1. Planning of dietary regimes for infants, pregnancy and old age,
    2. Nutrition and brain development,
    3. Mother’s milk versus formulated milk feeding,
    4. Food adulterations and precautions

    Week 5:

    1. Basic concepts of Clinical Biochemistry,
    2. Types and uses of biochemical tests,
    3. Types and uses of biochemical tests-II,
    4. Clinical Biochemistry laboratory

    Week 6:

    1. Specimen collection, processing and transportation,
    2. Specimen collection, processing and transportation-II,
    3. Blood cell count & anemia,
    4. Hemophilia

    Week 7:

    1. Diseases related to carbohydrate metabolism,
    2. Diabetes mellitus,
    3. Diseases related to amino acid and nucleic acid metabolism,
    4. Diseases related to amino acid and nucleic acid metabolism-II

    Week 8:

    1. Phenylketonuria, hypo- and hyperuricemia,
    2. Diseases related to lipid metabolism,
    3. Liver Function tests,

    Week 9:

    1. Metabolism of bilirubin,
    2. Jaundice,
    3. The Kidneys

    Week 10:

    1. Clinical enzymology,
    2. Isozymes and diagnostic tests,
    3. Isozymes and diagnostic tests-II

    Week 11:

    1. Enzyme patterns in acute pancreatitis, liver damages and myocardial infarction,
    2. Enzymes used in cancer therapy,
    3. Enzymes used in cancer therapy-II


    1. Tom Brody: Nutritional Biochemistry, Academic Press.

    2. J. M. Deman: Principles of Food Chemistry, Aspen Publishers, Inc. 

    3. Gerald F., Jr Combs: The Vitamins: Fundamental Aspects in Nutrition and Health, Academic Press 

    4. Lester Packer (Editor), et al.: Antioxidant Food Supplement in Human Health, Academic Press 

    5. Andreas M. Papas(Editor), James H. Quillen: Antioxidant Status, Diet, Nutrition, and Health, CRC Press 

    6. Marc Hillbrand (Editor) and Reuben T. Spitz (Editor): Lipids, Health, and Behavior, American Psychological Association (APA) 

    7. Thomas M. Devlin (Editor): Textbook of Clinical Correlations, John Wiley & Sons John Phd Baynes(Editor), Marek H. Dominiczak: Medical Biochemistry, Mosby-Year Book 

    8. Dawn B. Marks, et al.: Basic Medical Biochemistry: A Clinical Approach, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins 

    9. Paul F. Torrence (Editor): Biomedical Chemistry: Applying Chemical Principles to the Understanding and Treatment of Disease, John Wiley & Sons 

    10. Richard F. Luduena: Learning More Biochemistry: 100 New Case-Oriented Problems, Wiley-Liss 

    11. George Kaldor: Clinical Enzymology 

    12. Moselio Schaechter (Editor): Mechanisms of Microbial Disease, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins 

    13. Natalie Angier, et al.: Natural Obsessions: Striving to Unlock the Deepest Secrets of the Cancer Cell, Houghton Mifflin Co (Pap) 

    14. Jay A. Levy: HIV and the Pathogenesis of AIDS, American Society for Microbiology 

    15. E. Hooper and W. D. Hamilton: The River: A Journey to the Source of HIV and AIDS, Back Bay Books 

    16. J. Cohen: Shots in the Dark: The Wayward Search for an AIDS Vaccine, W.W. Norton & Company 

    17. John C. Reed (Editor): “Apoptosis” in Methods in Enzymology, Vol. 322, Academic Press 

    18. William R. Clark: A Means to an End: The Biochemical basis of aging and Death, Oxford Univ Press 

    19. G. C. Brown (Editor), et al.: Mitochondria and Cell Death, Princeton University Press


    Dr. Senjam Sunil Singh

    Manipur University, Canchipur.

    Dr. Senjam Sunil Singh is an Assistant Professor, Biochemistry, Manipur University, India. He received his PhD from the same University. After his nine years of teaching in the College, he joins the University. He got the DBT Oversea Associateship and under the same program he did his post-doctoral research training at one of the renowned research laboratory under Prof. Tzi Bun Ng, CUHK.  He is a regular contributor of research articles in his area and as reviewer for some peer research journals. At present he is working on protein biochemistry, especially purification and biochemical characterization of plant lectins. His area of research interest includes Lectin Biochemistry, Enzyme Biotechnology and Immunology.


    30% for in-course Assessment & 70% for end-term Proctored Exam.