804304 Synthetic bioarchitectures (in Eng.)

Vorlesung und Seminar
Vortragende/r (Mitwirkende/r)
Tan, Cherng-Wen Darren , Ehmoser, Eva-Kathrin , Schuster, Bernhard
Angeboten im Semester
Sommersemester 2024
Unterrichts-/ Lehrsprachen


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.

Inhaltliche Voraussetzungen (erwartete Kenntnisse)

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


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.
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