Biological Engineering II: Instrumentation and Measurement

Students working on lab apparatus.

In the 20.309 lab, Justin Lo focuses the laser source of an atomic force microscope (foreground), while Andrzej Wojcieszynski adjusts the sample mounted in an optical trap (background). (Photo by Mr. Maxim Shusteff.)


MIT Course Number

20.309 / 2.673J / 20.409J

As Taught In

Fall 2006


Undergraduate / Graduate

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Course Description

This course covers sensing and measurement for quantitative molecular/cell/tissue analysis, in terms of genetic, biochemical, and biophysical properties. Methods include light and fluorescence microscopies; electro-mechanical probes such as atomic force microscopy, laser and magnetic traps, and MEMS devices; and the application of statistics, probability and noise analysis to experimental data. Enrollment preference is given to juniors and seniors.

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Maxim Shusteff, Peter So, and Scott Manalis. 20.309 Biological Engineering II: Instrumentation and Measurement. Fall 2006. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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