804304 Synthetic bioarchitectures

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Tan, Cherng-Wen Darren , Ehmoser, Eva-Kathrin , Schuster, Bernhard
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


In this series of lectures, we will see how the structure of different molecular assemblies in biological systems allow them to perform diverse and complex functions. We will also explore the different ways that researchers have used such structures as inspiration for designing synthetic counterparts. These include synthetic virus-like particles, artificial biological membranes, protein-based surface patterning grids, etc. With the appropriate material, tools, and method, such synthetic bioarchitectures allow us to solve a wide range of problems by emulating the solutions offered by nature.

Previous knowledge expected

Basic knowledge in at least one of the following topics:
- Biochemistry;
- Biophysics ;
- Molecular biology;
- Cell biology.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

At the end of the course, students should be able to:
1. Understand how the function of a molecular structure is heavily-dependent on its structure.
2. Be familiar with examples of complex, molecular structures in biological systems.
3. Understand how their structure allows them to perform their special functions.
4. Understand how researchers use such knowledge as guides for problem-solving.
5. Be familiar with examples of synthetic bioarchitectures inspired this way.
6. Be able to appreciate any risks that such work might present, and to propose appropriate methods of managing such risks.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.