In-depth overview of the principal types of biosensors. Topics include: how biological molecules are used in sensing, how the sensors operate, how different sensors compare, under what circumstances sensors can be useful, and the applicability of sensors to biomedical sensing.
Students will become familiar with the basic operating principles of biosensors, and how different types of sensors compare in solving the many challenges in this field. This course forms an excellent exposure to using components of several engineering and basic sciences disciplines to solve practical problems in chemical and biomedical sensing. Good medical content.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Two 1.5 hour lectures two days per week, in which active discussion of is strongly encouraged. Some Socratic approach taken. This is augmented student-led group discussions of research papers in which the class is broken into small groups. Laboratory tours and guest lectures when possible.
No student is expected to have all the background that would be optimal for this course. Ideally, a smattering of electrical engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering, physics, and mechanical engineering would be helpful. In practice students assist each other in picking up the background necessary to deal with the multidisciplinary material involved
Class assignments and grading
The weekly assignments are to read one or more current research papers from the literature and to summarize the content of one key paper in the words of the student. Collaboration between students to understand the content of the papers is encouraged. Occasionally these weekly assignments will be replaced by a design project.
In-class participation, weekly research paper summaries, and a take-home final examination/design project.