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20.109(F11): Laboratory Fundamentals of Biological Engineering

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Fall 2011

Instructors: Angela Belcher, Bevin Engelward, Natalie Kuldell and Agi Stachowiak
Writing Instructor: Linda Sutliff
Oral Presentation Instructor: Atissa Banuazizi
Graduate TAs: Timothy Helbig, Marcus Parrish, Jingjing Sun

Lecture: T/R 11-12 (4-153)
Lab: T/R 1-5 or W/F 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


  • Agi's usual 2-3 pm office hours are today (in 16-319). All are welcome. W/F section, you can pick up your quizzes there, and must hand in any late lab notebooks by then.
  • T/R sequencing data is available to examine on GENEWIZ site. Instructions for accessing data are detailed in M2D6 protocol.
  • Breaking news: library concentration is 0.4 ug/ul. Sorry this wasn't on M2D3 originally (it is now!)
  • Howard Silver's notes about references are linked to the schedule page for M2D5
  • W/F data has been added to the M2D2 Talk page. I have left space for each team to note any irregularities (A420 out of linear range, realized you didn't mix cells well, Δt was really short, etc.) or other relevant information.
  • Class b-gal data for the bacterial photography system is posted here
  • Module 2 journal club sign-up is on the oral presentation guidelines page. You may sign up for Day 4 or Day 8 here.
  • You can find old announcements here
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