Dr. Siddharth Jhunjhunwala & Dr. Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan

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Department: BioSystems Science and Engineering

Semester: August - December

Course timing: Tue, Thurs, 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Course venue: BSSE Meeting Room


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Brief description of the course

The course provides an introduction to fundamental concepts in Biology for PhD students with little to no knowledge of Biology past 10th or 12th standard school curriculum. The course will cover the following topics: biomolecules, fundamentals of biochemistry, protein structure and function, basic molecular biology, genetics, and an introduction to the cellular architecture. A combination of theoretical concepts and basic experimental methodologies in biology will be discussed. In addition, an introduction to how cells form tissues will be covered, which includes lectures on classification of tissues. The concepts covered here will aid in the skill development required to study diverse problems in bioengineering.



Course Outcome

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand various chemical interactions between molecules in biological systems
  2. Describe the structure and function of various biological molecules
  3. Explain basic concepts in enzyme kinetics and protein interactions
  4. Discuss different aspects of molecular biology including DNA replication, transcription and RNA translation
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of Mendelian laws of inheritance
  6. Describe cellular architecture
  7. Understand fundamental concepts in tissue architecture

Grading policy

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There is no prescribed textbook for this course. Course material will include lecture notes (not provided, but taken by students during the lecture), a few slide-handouts (provided), and classic papers in biology (link will be provided). In addition, the principle reference book is
Biology: concepts and connections (Third Edition), by Campbell, Mitchell and Reece.