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20.109(F14): Laboratory Fundamentals of Biological Engineering

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Welcome and Details for Fall 2014

Lecture: T/R 11-12 (16-220)
Lab: T/R 1-5 or W/F 1-5 (56-322)
People: Instructor and student web pages may be found at the linked People page.

Welcome to 20.109! For some of you this will be the first time in a research lab and for others it will not; either way, it is our goal to make this class a useful and fun introduction to experiments and techniques in biological engineering. There is not time enough to show you everything you’ll need to know if you go on to do research, but after taking this class you should feel confident and familiar with some fundamental experimental approaches and lab protocols. You will develop good habits at the bench, ones that will increase the likelihood of success in your work and ensure the health and safety of you and those around you. By the end of the semester, you should also be aware of good scientific practice, having had some experience with report writing, notebook keeping, and publicly presenting data and your ideas. All of us involved in teaching 20.109 hope you will find it a satisfying challenge and an exciting experience that has lasting value.


  • You can find the Leslie's slides about figure construction on her People page. (SKH 091614)

Office Hours for Fall 2014

  • Shannon:
    • Friday, 10am in 16-429b
    • Monday, 3pm in 16-429b
  • Agi:
    • Tuesday, 4 pm in 16-319
    • select Sunday afternoons TBD
  • Noreen
    • Monday, 11am in 16-429b
    • Wednesday, 1pm in 16-429b


Data can be beautiful. Our cover image ('Protein Supernova') was created in Matlab by Dr. Joel Wagner, a former Course 20 PhD graduate student who found that sometimes innocent mistakes in coding can lead to beautiful data representation. Feel free to link your Datart here.
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