Laboratory Fundamentals in Biological Engineering

Photo of a biology lab bench, with two chairs, and shelves of chemical bottles in the background.

One of several partner workstations in the 20.109 lab, with shared chemicals and equipment in the background, ready for the day's work to begin. (Photo by Agi Stachowiak.)


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Spring 2010



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Course Description

This course introduces experimental biochemical and molecular techniques from a quantitative engineering perspective. Experimental design, data analysis, and scientific communication form the underpinnings of this subject. Three discovery-based experimental modules focus on RNA engineering, protein engineering, and cell-biomaterial engineering.

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20.109 is offered twice per year, with rotating instructor responsibilities. Reflecting the instructors' specific expertise and the evolving biological engineering field, the topics vary each time.

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Agi Stachowiak, Alan Jasanoff, Jacquin Niles, Atissa Banuazizi, Neal Lerner, and Linda Sutliff. 20.109 Laboratory Fundamentals in Biological Engineering. Spring 2010. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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