Molecular Principles of Biomaterials OpenCourseWare: A Free Online Graduate Level MIT Course on the Design of Biomaterials

Published Feb 19, 2009

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Students can learn about molecular designs in biological systems in the 'Molecular Principles of Biomaterials' OpenCourseWare. The free online graduate course is offered through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is part of the Biological Engineering Department. Students taking this OpenCourseWare are sometimes pursuing a graduate degree in bioengineering.

Molecular Principles of Biomaterials: Course Specifics

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Molecular Principles of Biomaterials: Course Description

In the 'Molecular Principles of Biomaterials' OpenCourseWare, graduate students can learn about the design on a molecular scale of biological systems. Graduate students analyze various design processes for synthetic and biological molecules. The free online course discusses synthesis, molecular interactions and cell-function control. Students can also learn about molecular structures that can be applied to biotechnology and bioengineering systems. Some of the lecture topics include DNA vaccines, biodegradable polymeric solids, controlled release devices, hydrogels as biomaterials and engineering biological recognition of biomaterials. The DNA vaccine lecture examines gene therapy and immunization processes and includes images, charts and graphs for students to study. Students also learn about tissue engineering using the latest technology in molecular applications. The MIT course was taught by Professor Darrell Irvine as a lecture session format, two times per week.

This OpenCourseWare includes lecture notes, problem set assignments and practice exams. If you are interested in taking this free course, visit the biomaterials and molecular principles course page.

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