Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


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.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.09.2020 - 30.11.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Anton Kuzyk, Pekka Orponen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Anton Kuzyk, Pekka Orponen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures 24 h

    Project tutoring sessions 12 h

    Independent studying of course materials 48 h

    Project work and presentation 46 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Scientific publications, lecture materials, web-based tutorials

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure



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