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BE.109 Laboratory Fundamentals of Biological Engineering

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DNA engineering        Protein engineering        Systems engineering        Bio-material engineering       

Spring 2006

Instructors: Angela Belcher, Drew Endy, Bevin Engelward and Natalie Kuldell

Writing Instructor: Neal Lerner
Oral Presentation Instructor: Atissa Banuazizi

TAs: Maria Foley, Eileen Higham, Yoon Sung Nam and Reshma Shetty

Lecture: T/R 11-12 (13-3101) Lab: T/R 1-5 or W/F 1-5 (13-3095)

Welcome to BE109! 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 insure 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 BE.109 hope you will find it a satisfying challenge and an exciting experience that has lasting value.


  • 05/11/06 Mod1 re-writes have been regraded. Pick them up in class on 5.11 or at your presentations 5.11 and 5.12.
  • Class evaluation forms will be filled out in class on Thursday May 18th.
  • Mod4 oral presentations of your research proposals will take place in 56-602 starting at 1:30 on Thursday May 11th and at 1:00 on Friday May 12th.
  • Mod3 essays will be returned during the week of May 8th. Rewrites are due on the last day of class (May 18th).