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20.109(F10): Laboratory Fundamentals of Biological Engineering

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Fall 2010

Instructors: Angela Belcher, Michelle Sukup Jackson, Orsolya Kiraly, Natalie Kuldell, Nate Tedford and K. Dane Wittrup
Writing Instructor: Neal Lerner, Linda Sutliff
Oral Presentation Instructor: Atissa Banuazizi
Graduate TAs: John Casey, Jing Ge, Mark Smith

Lecture: T/R 11-12 (4-153)
Lab: T/R 1-5 (56-322)
Seminar Room: 16-336

Welcome to 20.109! For many of you this will be the first time in a research lab and for others it will not, but 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 your data. All of us involved in teaching 20.109 hope you will find it a satisfying challenge and an exciting experience that has lasting value.

  • To submit your major assignments, access the Stellar drop-box that's here


  • Great job at the TEM on Tuesday. TEM images can be accessed here. Let me know if you have trouble finding or seeing them. Also, here is a pdf for the spectra that Mark measured for you.
  • Mod2 Research Drafts have been graded and are available on the Stellar site. Re-writes are due 12.2.10 by 11AM unless you meet with the writing faculty, in which case the re-writes are due 11AM 12.3.10.
  • You can find old announcements here