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N9 Bionanotools (2018)

ECTS credits:

Course parameters:
Language: English
Level of course: PhD course
Time of year: Week 50, 10-14 December 2018
No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation, assignment(s) or the like: 33/85
Capacity limits: None

Objectives of the course:
The course aims to provide a comprehensive overview of nanoscale structure analysis techniques, from the atomic-resolution methods X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy and cryoEM, through AFM/SPM and SAXS, to molecular dynamics, mass spectrometry and an array of biophysical methods. The aim is to learn how these techniques work, what are their strengths and weaknesses, and to obtain a clear overview of their respective application areas and their availability at Aarhus University. Ample practical exercises aim to put the theory presented in the reading material and during lectures into practice, offer exposure to the technique in a real lab environment, and allow for questions and discussion. The course also hopes to foster a collaborative spirit between young researchers across the topics covered, helping them find interdisciplinary solutions in their own research.

Learning outcomes and competences:
At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe various techniques for obtaining structural insight
  • Describe the (basic) experimental setup
  • Understand the elementary theory behind the various experimental techniques
  • Understand how data is treated during analysis, and used to derive models
  • Discuss the advantages and limitations of the techniques
  • Be able to rationalize which technique is suitable for a given practical research question
  • Use some pieces of equipment and data analysis software demonstrated during exercises
  • Know who is working with which technique

Compulsory programme:
Active participation

Course contents:
The course will consist of lectures, exercises and demonstrations in various labs at Aarhus University.

Enrolment in a PhD school or a Master’s degree

Name of lecturers:
Björn Panyella Pedersen, Jan Skov Pedersen, Carsten Scavenius, Mingdong Dong, Victoria Birkedal, Thomas Boesen, Daniel Otzen, Søren Thirup and Frans Mulder.

Type of course/teaching methods:
One week of intensive courses and practical exercises, along with self-study of literature.

Is to be found on the course blackboard page Bionanotools (N9) 2018.

Course homepage:
https://events.au.dk/BionanotoolsDec2018 and on blackboard Bionanotools (N9) 2018.

Course assessment:
Pass/fail based on participation

This course is organized in collaboration between iNANO, the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and the Department of Chemistry.

Special comments on this course:

Week 50, 10-14 December 2018

1593-226, iNANO House, Gustav Wieds Vej 14, Aarhus

Deadline for registration is December 5 2018.

For registration, use this link: https://events.au.dk/BionanotoolsDec2018

If you have any questions, please contact PhD Administrator Maria Kragelund, e-mail: maria@inano.au.dk or Course Organizer Frans Mulder, fmulder@chem.au.dk.

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