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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


  • Module 1 Progress Reports will be returned today (10/14) via Stellar. They were very good for a first try at this sort of work. Please look for comments from the writing faculty as well as edits on your reports and a grade sheet from NK. The average was an 81 and the range was 71-89. If you have questions there will be time in lab on Thursday to ask them.

  • Mark will hold office hours in preparation for the first Module 2 journal club presentation from 2 - 4 PM on Monday, October 25 in the teaching lab!

  • You can find old announcements here
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