At the end of the course the student is able to:
- appreciate nanobiotechnology as a rapidly developing area of research that aims at creating functional units at the nanoscale for use in biomedicine, diagnostics and biotechnology.
- appreciate dimensions in molecular cell biology and understands how tools in nanobiotechnology match these dimensions and can be used to obtain a deeper understanding of molecular processes.
- apply knowledge on conjugation, micromanipulation and self-organization strategies to create targeted molecular sensors and drug delivery vehicles in biomedicine.
- select the appropriate microscopic technique to analyse nanostructures in nanobiotechnology based on a fundamental understanding of the techniques.
- appreciate how the integration of microfluidics and single-molecule detection technologies enables the design of powerful microanalytical instruments.
- critically read and present a scientific article in relation to its context.
The course will cover various aspects of applications of nanobiotechnology in drug delivery and diagnostics, analytical methods and microsystems for control, manipulation and analysis. The ten-week 6 EC course is structured into four thematic blocks with lectures, each with 2 h guided selfstudy (werkcollege) and 1 h of discussion (responsie-college). Thematic blocks are chemistry for nanobiotechnology, imaging (visualization of molecules and structures at the nanoscale), manipulation and analysis of molecules at the nanoscale and nanodevices/drug delivery systems.
Along the course the students will participate in various practical demonstrations and hands-on experiments. In addition, students – in groups of three - will be assigned a subject. Students will write a script about this topic and give a presentation at the end of the course. The course will conclude with an exam.