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BE.442 Molecular Structure of Biological Materials, Fall 2002

Illustration of four different self-assembling peptides.
These are examples of four different self-assembling peptides. (Image by Prof. Shuguang Zhang.)

Highlights of this Course

This course, Molecular Structure of Biological Materials: Structure, Function and Self-assembly, is intended for upper undergraduate and graduate students, and researchers interested in understanding and utilizing materials of biological origin. The class is intended to inspire molecular design of new biological materials for a broad range of applications, from bioelectronics and molecular computing to tissue engineering. A brief history, current research activities, future perspectives, and potential impact to society of each biological material topic will be discussed.

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Course Description

Basic molecular structural principles of biological materials. Molecular structures of various materials of biological origin, including collagen, silk, bone, protein adhesives, GFP, self-assembling peptides. Molecular design of new biological materials for nanotechnology, biocomputing and regenerative medicine. Graduate students are expected to complete additional coursework.


Prof. Shuguang Zhang

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session


Undergraduate / Graduate


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