Credits: 5

Schedule: 09.09.2019 - 02.12.2019

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

I-II (autumn)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After the course, the student is able to:

  • identify basic physical, biological and chemical properties of nucleic acids (NA) and understand how those enable utilization of NA as construction material at nanoscale
  • explain basic algorithmic principles applied in the rational design of NA nanostructures 
  • describe experimental techniques used for assembly, purification and characterization of NA structures 
  • use standard tools, e.g., CADNANO and CanDO to design simple DNA origami structures
  • interpret the relevance of recent developments in the field of NA nanotechnology and evaluate the potential of those for further scientific and technological advancements.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Principles of NA self-assembly, algorithmic self-assembly, NA-based nanostructures, static and dynamic NA nanotechnology, DNA-based molecular devices, DNA-based molecular walkers, RNA nanotechnology, DNA-based computing.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Teaching Methods: Lectures, independent work, supplementary reading, project work, web-based learning

Assessment Methods and Criteria: Active participation (the course requires active participation throughout the semester), quizzes, project work

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures 24 h

Project tutoring sessions 12 h

Independent studying of course materials 48 h

Project work and presentation 46 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Scientific publications, lecture materials, web-based tutorials

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Interest in bionanotechnology and molecular self-assembly. Familiarity with basic programming concepts. Basic knowledge of nanomicroscopy techniques on the one hand and discrete mathematics and automata on the other are additional assets.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

0 to 5

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Via WebOodi


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