MSE 490Y / MSE 791Y Nanobio & BionanoTech

Fall 2008, TTh 11:05-12:20pm, 3035 EBI


Course Description

    The course is designed to assist engineering students in learning the fundamentals and cutting-edge nature of new and emerging multidisciplinary science which either applies nanotechnology to living systems or makes use of the biological structures to create novel materials.
      In this course, introductory structural biological and molecular engineering, principles of bionanotechnology and nanobiotechnology, will be reviewed. The basic understanding of immune responses, biological assemblies, and device applications (implants, drug delivery systems, biomedical sensors, electronics) will be introduced.
    Upon completing this course, students will be able to understand, explain, and discuss scientific papers in the bionanotech field and to apply nanotechnology and biotechnology approaches in future research.

Course Prerequisite

The course is appropriate for advanced undergrads and graduate students in materials science, engineering, chemistry, physics and biomedical fields. Previous knowledge of chemistry, biology or macromolecular structure is not required.


Course Outline

  • Introductory structural biological and molecular engineering:
        - Biomolecules: lipids, carbohydrates, proteins, and nucleic acids;
        - Cell structure and cell division, information methods in a cell, stem cells;
        - Genetics: inheritance, mutations, genetic diseases, role of environment, gene therapy;
        - Immunology: antigens, antibodies, cell mediated immunity, immune response
  • Principles of Bionanotechnology:
        - Nanomedicine;
        - Self-assembly and molecular motors;
        - Bioelectronics;
        - Biosensors
  • Principles of Nanobiotechnology:
        - Lab-on-a-chip devices;
        - Biotemplating;
        - Biocompatible inorganic devices;
        - Nanoparticles-biomolecules hybrid nanoparticles and devices


Course Times and Locations

  Instructor Days Times Locations

Dr. Yingling


11:05-12:20 PM

3035 EBI



Instructor Contact Information

Prof. Yaroslava Yingling, Instructor

3028B Engineering Building I

Office Hours by appointment


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