Cell biology links

Cell Biology 

International Biology Olympiad:  Structure and function of cells – 20%

Chemical components

Organelles / Nucleus / Cytoplasm

Plant cells

Cell Metabolism / protein synthesis / membrane transport / mitosis / meiosis

Microbiology including prokaryotic cell organization / morphology / phototrophy and chemotrophy.

Biotechnology including fermentation and genetic manipulation of organisms

The first site is so well designed and annotated that students need nothing more than to work through each link.


An overview that has links and explanation of every topic listed in the International Biology Olympiad manual.  The links take you to many excellent sites and problems sets.  Choose a word or concept and review it.  This page is a portal into all aspects of cell function and structure.

The links below can be accessed from the above page.  They are noteworth however I wanted to highlight them for everyone to review.

http://instruct1.cit.cornell.edu/courses/biomi290/ASM/glycolysis.dcr  Excellent Glycolysis animation.  Linked under Glycolysis.  Shows each and every step.

http://www.emc.maricopa.edu/faculty/farabee/BIOBK/BioBooktransp.htmlis recommended for learning about transport.  In a single page you move from earth’s hydrologic cycle to a brief explanation and animations of each method of cellular transport across the membrane.  Linked under transport.

http://www.johnkyrk.com/DNAtranslation.html  The best animation I have ever seen of RNA translation.

http://www.johnkyrk.com/  I recommend any of his animations to understand the interplay of structure and function.

Mitosis:  http://www.johnkyrk.com/mitosis.html

Meiosis:  http://www.johnkyrk.com/meiosis.html


The online equivalent of an practical lab exam on mitosis and meiosis.


Plant Cell Structure and Function

http://www.biologie.uni-hamburg.de/b-online/e04/04a.htm     Detailed introduction to the plant cell.

http://hcs.osu.edu/hcs300/cell1.htm   Photographs of each organelle.

The Virtual Cell link at the bottom of the page is not valid.  You can access Virtual Cell’s new website at: http://www.ibiblio.org/virtualcell/index.htmbut it no longer appears to be maintained.

Light Reaction


The arrow to begin the animation appears a few seconds after you open the page.  It is on the lower right corner of the animation screen.

Dark Reaction




http://www.emc.maricopa.edu/faculty/farabee/biobk/BioBookGlyc.html  Basic resource with helpful links.

Animation of pathway:  http://instruct1.cit.cornell.edu/Courses/biomi290/MOVIES/GLYCOLYSIS.HTML

This site provides additional questions for practice.


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Provided by http://teacher.sanjuan.edu/webpages/dkaragianes/resources.cfm?subpage=95524

Another good medical biochemistry website which provides many good lessons is available HERE.


Some good biochemistry problem sets and handouts can be found here https://www.chem.purdue.edu/courses/chm333/