Nanobioscience

Nanoscale phenomena, technologies or processes are used to study biology at its fundamental level – the nanoscale. Similarly, nanoscale devices, materials, or phenomena can be harnessed for therapeutics, diagnostics, medicine, pharmaceuticals, and many other biological applications.

Faculty members for research coursework: Profs Benoit Boivin, Nate Cady, Michael Fasullo, Andre Melendez, Janet Paluh, Susan Sharfstein, Scott Tenenbaum, and Yubing Xie

NSCI 240 Biochemical Principles for Nanoscale Science (3 Cr - Spring)
This course will cover basic chemical concepts of chemical/biological signaling, surface binding, and selectivity. The course will also focus on chemical interactions at gas, fluid, and solid interfaces for nanobiosystems.

NSCI 441 Nanobiology for Nanotechnology Applications (3 Cr - Spring)
The course will provide an understanding of how structure, functionality, energy transduction and kinetic properties of biological systems can be applied to nanotechnology. Topics will include biosensors, bio-MEMS/NEMS, biomolecular electronics, energy production, biomedical nanotechnology or other nanobiological systems.

NSCI/NENG 445 Introduction to Pharmaceuticals & Biomanufacturing (3 Cr - Fall)
Introduces students to the use of nanotechnology in the discovery, production and use of therapeutics that include small molecules produced by chemical synthesis and nucleic acids, proteins, antibodies and vaccines produced by biomanufacturing. Students will be introduced to basic concepts in the drug development pipeline, genetic, molecular and cell biology, toxicology and pharmacology topics, and specific nanotechnology concepts and applications in these areas. Students will also be introduced to federal regulatory (FDA) requirements pertinent to drug development and biomanufacturing, as well as commercialization aspects that influence whether a drug makes it to the market. Students will also perform engineering design projects detailing how different nanotechnology applications have or could improve current specific drugs on the market.

 

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