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Herbert M Sauro
BIOEN 499
Seattle Campus

Special Projects

Individual undergraduate bioengineering projects (research or independent study) under the supervision of an instructor. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

Synthetic Biology: Using Delphi to teach synthetic biology concepts

Student learning goals

Learn about biological parts and their properties. Understand gene and enzyme action.

Learn about network structure and pathway engineering

Understand how synthetic networks can be simulated, built and tested in a real organism. Learn about manipulating DNA and measuring responses.

Learn how to construct computational models and use them to study network behavior.

Understand the behavior of basic network motifs found in cellular and synthetic systems, including switches, oscillators, filters, logic and pulse devices.

Learn how to build complex modular networks in silico as part of a team project.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Basic math that includes calculus and elementary Matrix algebra. The first week will be devoted to basic cellular biology principles. Any unfamiliar math concepts will be introduced through handouts. A preliminary text book on systems and synthetic biology will be made available to the class.

Class assignments and grading

Project report at the end of the course.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Herbert M Sauro
Date: 09/05/2012