N9 Bionanotools (2016)

ECTS credits: 3


Course parameters:
Language: English
Level of course: PhD course
Time of year: week 33
No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation, assignment(s) or the like: 33/85
Capacity limits: None


Objectives of the course:
The course aims to provide a comprehensive overview of nanoscale structure analysis techniques, from the atomic-resolution methods X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy and cryoEM, through AFM/SPM and SAXS, to molecular dynamics, mass spectrometry and an array of biophysical methods. The aim is to learn how these techniques work, what are their strengths and weaknesses, and to obtain a clear overview of their respective application areas and their availability at Aarhus University. Ample practical exercises aim to put the theory presented in the reading material and during lectures into practice, offer exposure to the technique in a real lab environment, and allow for questions and discussion. The course also hopes to foster a collaborative spirit between young researchers across the topics covered, helping them find interdisciplinary solutions in their own research.


Learning outcomes and competences:
At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe various techniques for obtaining structural insight
  • Describe the (basic) experimental setup
  • Understand the elementary theory behind the various experimental techniques
  • Understand how data is treated during analysis, and used to derive models
  • Discuss the advantages and limitations of the techniques
  • Be able to rationalize which technique is suitable for a given practical research question
  • Use some pieces of equipment and data analysis software demonstrated during exercises
  • Know who is working with which technique

Compulsory programme:
Active participation


Course contents:
The course will consist of lectures, exercises and demonstrations in various labs at Aarhus University


Enrollment in a PhD school or a Master’s degree


Name of lecturers:
Maike Bublitz, Laure Yatime, Jan Skov Pedersen, Kristian W. Sanggaard, Carsten Scavenius, Mingdong Dong, Victoria Birkedal, Birgit Schiøtt, Daniel Otzen, Peter Andreasen, Sebastian Frische, Monika Golas, Bjørn Sander, Søren Thirup, Thomas Vosegaard, Jakob Toudahl Nielsen, Lasse Arnt Straasø and Frans Mulder.


Type of course/teaching methods:
One week of intensive courses and practical exercises, along with self-study of literature.


Is to be found on the course homepage


Course homepage:


Course assessment:
Pass/fail based on participation


This course is organized in collaboration between iNANO, the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and the Institute of Anatomy.


Special comments on this course:


Week 33, 15-19 August 2016


1593-218, iNANO House,
Gustav Wieds Vej 14,
8000 Aarhus


Deadline for registration is August 5.

For registration use this link: webforms.au.dk

If you have any questions, please contact PhD Administrator Maria Kragelund, e-mail: mariak@inano.au.dk or Course Organizers Frans Mulder, fmulder@chem.au.dk and Ümit Akbey, umit@aias.au.dk   

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