20.309 / 2.673J Biological Engineering II: Instrumentation and Measurement

Fall 2006

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.)

Course Highlights

This course features extensive manuals for the labs, and a video tutorial on using the Atomic Force Microscope in the tools section.

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.

Special Features

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .zip, .avi, .m, .mp4 and .rm.

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Prof. Scott Manalis
Prof. Peter So
Mr. Maxim Shusteff

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1 hour / session

Self-scheduled sessions
6 to 8 hours / week expected