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September 24, 2022


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This course, intended for both graduate and upper level undergraduate students, will focus on understanding of the basic molecular structural principles of biological materials.

It will address the molecular structures of various materials of biological origin, such as several types of collagen, silk, spider silk, wool, hair, bones, shells, protein adhesives, GFP, and self-assembling peptides. It will also address molecular design of new biological materials applying the molecular structural principles. The long-term goal of this course is to teach molecular design of new biological materials for a broad range of applications. A brief history of biological materials and its future perspective as well as its impact to the society will also be discussed. Several experts will be invited to give guest lectures.

Course Curriculum

  • Important Role of Water Molecule, Hydration of Amino Acids, Protein and other Biological Materials Unlimited
  • Amino Acids: Their Chemical and Physical Properties Unlimited
  • Beta Sheets: Antiparallel, Parallel, and Twist; Beta Sheet Rich Proteins; Beta Sheets in Biological Materials Unlimited
  • Practical Aspects of Single Crystal X-ray Crystallography Unlimited
  • NMR (Guest Lecturer: Peter Carr, MIT Media Lab) Unlimited
  • Practical Aspects of Single Crystal X-ray Crystallography, Part 2 Unlimited
  • Analytical Approaches and Instrumentation Unlimited
  • Silk Unlimited
  • Biomineralization: Sea Creatures Unlimited
  • Biomineralization: Bones and Teeth Unlimited
  • Bioadhesives Unlimited
  • Lipids as Building Materials Unlimited
  • Polysaccharides and Oligosaccharides Unlimited
  • Molecular Structure and Self-assembly of DNA and RNA Unlimited
  • Macromolecular Interactions and Protein and Adsorption Unlimited
  • DNA Molecular Machines Unlimited
  • Fluorescent Proteins Unlimited
  • Self-assembling Peptide Systems Unlimited
  • Self-assembling Peptide Systems Unlimited
  • Research in Biomaterials Unlimited

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology