N9 Bionanotools (2017)

 

ECTS credits: 3

 

Course parameters:

Language: English

Level of course: PhD course

Time of year: week 33, 14-18 August 2017

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

 

Prerequisites:

Enrollment in a PhD school or a Master’s degree

 

Name of lecturers:

Thomas Boesen, Jan Skov Pedersen, Carsten Scavenius, Mingdong Dong, Victoria Birkedal, Sebastian Frische, Monika Golas, Daniel Otzen, Søren Thirup, Frans Mulder and Ümit Akbey.

 

Type of course/teaching methods:

One week of intensive courses and practical exercises, along with self-study of literature.

 

Literature:

Is to be found on the course homepage

 

Course homepage:

http://phd.au.dk/gradschools/scienceandtechnology/programmes/nanoscience/inano-phd-courses/bionanotools-n9/

 

Course assessment:

Pass/fail based on participation

 

Provider:

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:

 

Time: Week 33, 14-18 August 2017

 

Place: 1593-218, iNANO House, Gustav Wieds Vej 14, Aarhus

 

Registration:

Deadline for registration is 4 August 2017.

For registration use this link: online form

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