ChemEng 290B: Biology for Chemical Engineers
Every fall, I teach 290B (soon being renumbered to ChE 220), titled Chemical Engineering Principles of Biological Systems. This class is required for Chemical Engineering sophomores (or Bio 151 for pre-meds) and is a Biological Sciences GenEd.
In 290B, we cover critical basic topics in Biology that all Chemical Engineers should know, such as:
- Principles of DNA-RNA-protein trascription and translation
- How amino acid sequences within proteins dictate their physical folding
- What the extracellular matrix is and how it supports cells and tissues in your body
- How cells integrate extracellular signals to adhere or migrate
Most importantly, all of these biological topics are covered within the context of core Chemical Engineering quantitative methods. Students are introduced to:
Class assignments include homeworks (about 6 per semester), 3 total exams, and a small research project at the end of the class. In the research project, students work in groups, and learn how to find and scrutinize current bioengineering literature and will present a recent, exciting technology to the class.
Classes are T/Th from 9:30-10:45a.
ChemEng 590B: Tissue Engineering
First offering is Spring 2012. This graduate and undergraduate co-listed class will cover the newest technologies in engineering replacement tissues, discuss how cells interact with, create, and remodel the extracellular matrix in vivo, how the matrix can feedback and regulate cell behavior, and how engineers can use this information to direct cell behavior with materials systems in vitro.
Lectures are 50% from myself, and 50% from students. Each student will research a single tissue engineering device, technology, or high-profile researcher. They will post a summary of the topic as a webpage, using the UMass Wikis, as well as give a brief (15min) presentation to the class.
Assignments include these short "wiki" modules, 3 take home exams, and 1 large research project, which is done in groups. The research project is an NIH-style grant, which is a proposal of a NEW idea, not found in literature. The grant also includes generating preliminary data in the lab, so all students must be lab safety trained by UMass EHS.
Classes are currently T/Th from 4-5:15p, but this is subject to change.