Scott Manalis and Peter So
2 - 7 - 3
18.03 or Permission of Instructor
Enrollment will be limited to 15-20 students.
Description of Laboratory Modules
Resistive networks, filters, and op-amp circuits for measurement
Scanning probe microscopy
Fluorescent microscopy, image processing, and optical traps
Questions and Answers
At this time the 20.309 lab can accommodate approx. 15-20 students. The final class size and composition will be determined by the course instructors during the first week of class, with the intention of optimally matching student interests, background, and expectations to the course.
You will be able to pre-register for this subject during the spring semester. It will also be helpful to sign up for our mailing list, to receive news and information about scheduling, enrollment, course content, etc. Please e-mail Lab Instructor to be placed on this list.
These two subjects are very complementary. 20.109 introduces the fundamentals of "wet" biological engineering laboratory techniques, with a particular focus on manipulating nucleic acid and protein systems. 20.309 emphasizes the "dry" side of BE, building a background in signals, instrumentation, and measurement techniques that are key to modern biological research.
There are many examples in biological research today that requires an understanding of the measurement instruments that are used, and many biologists and engineers who work in bio-applications build and modify their own instruments.
Since this is a laboratory course, most of your time will be spent
working on lab assignments, which are designed to be completed in about
6-8 hrs per week. In Fall 2006, we are implementing a new open lab format,
in which students will have the ability to schedule their own hours
in the lab, giving them the flexibility to work at their own pace. Instructors
will schedule "lab hours" (similar to office hours) each week to provide
help and guidance.