02-761 Laboratory Methods for Automated Biology I
02-761 COURSE PROFILE
|Special Permission Required? (If yes, see “Notes:)||No|
|Course Relevance (who should take this course?)||This course is intended for first-year MS in Automated Science students.|
|Key Topics||In this laboratory course, students will learn about various automatable experimental methods, design of experiments, hardware for preparing samples and executing automated experiments, and software for controlling that hardware. These topics will be taught in lectures as well as through laboratory experience using multi-purpose laboratory robotics.|
During weekly laboratory time, students will complete and integrate parts of two larger projects. The first project will be focused on liquid handling, plate control, plate reading, and remote control of the automated system based on experimental data. The second project will be focused on the design, implementation, and analysis of a high content screening campaign using fluorescence microscopy, image analysis, and tissue culture methods.
Grading will be based on lab and project completion and quality.
|Most Recent Syllabus||02-761 Syllabus Fall 2019|
|Course Goals/Objectives||In order to rapidly generate reproducible experimental data, many modern biology labs leverage some form of laboratory automation to execute experiments. In the not so distant future, the use of laboratory automation will continue to increase in the biological lab to the point where many labs will be fully automated. Therefore, it is critical for automation scientists to be familiar with the principles, experimental paradigms, and techniques for automating biological experimentation with an eye toward the fully automated laboratory.|
|Pre-reqs, Cross List, Related||none|
|Updated August 2019|