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BE.442 Molecular Structure of Biological Materials, Fall 2005

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

Highlights of this Course

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Course Description

This course, intended for both graduate and upper level undergraduate students, will focus on understanding of the basic molecular structural principles of biological materials. It will address the molecular structures of various materials of biological origin, such as several types of collagen, silk, spider silk, wool, hair, bones, shells, protein adhesives, GFP, and self-assembling peptides. It will also address molecular design of new biological materials applying the molecular structural principles. The long-term goal of this course is to teach molecular design of new biological materials for a broad range of applications. A brief history of biological materials and its future perspective as well as its impact to the society will also be discussed. Several experts will be invited to give guest lectures.


Dr. Shuguang Zhang

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session


Undergraduate / Graduate


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