Biology 350 M20 

BIOL 550  M21
Spring 2010  1 credit

    E. E. Serrano

Jan 19 – Mar 16
     Tuesdays 3:30 – 4:55 pm
Foster Hall Rm 146



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Textbooks and Computers

Class Schedule


Class (weekly)

Bio 350Internship Applications (Feb 9 & Feb 23)

Journal 1 (Mar 2) Bio 350

Journal 1 (Mar 2) Bio 550

Bio 550Research Proposal (Mar 16 & Apr 20)

Journal 2 (Apr 20) Bio 350

Journal 2 (Apr 20) Bio 550

Outreach Dissemination Project (Apr 20)

Class Policies and Procedures

Hot Links for Students


Description: This class is designed for undergraduate students who are curious about nanoscience and who wish to learn about its applications for biological research, especially in biotechnology and medicine. The class will combine lectures with student in-class activities and will include presentations by guest speakers from physics and chemistry. Class discussion will focus on forging interdisciplinary connections and developing critical reasoning ability.  Students completing the course will be able to explain how core concepts in physics apply to nanoscale  phenomena. Students will receive guidance on how to apply for summer internships in nanoscience laboratories.   Non biology majors are welcome. One year of chemistry, physics, or biology is recommended.


Special Topics:  biosensors, molecular machines, heavy metals in nature, nanobots, heterostructured nanocrystals, bioenergetics, photosynthesis


Course development supported in part by NSF CCLI grant #0633736:  NM Nanoscience Education Initiative




Dr. Elba Serrano
Ph. D. Stanford University
Regents Professor of Biology, Affiliate Professor of Chemical Engineering
Research Interests: Neuroscience, Biophysics, Nanoscience

Serrano Office/ Telephone

Biology Foster Hall 459  Tel. 575.646.5217

Student Office Hours

MTW 11:30- 12:00 & 1:45-2:30 and by appointment via email or phone

Course  Email  (Burk; submission of assignments)

Graduate Assistant

Mellissa Burk

Required Textbooks:

Nanotechnology: A Gentle Introduction to the Next Big Idea (Paperback)

by Mark A. Ratner, Daniel Ratner , 2002


Soft Machines, Nanotechnology and Life

By Richard Jones , 2004

Textbook Vendors

Textbooks can be obtained at the bookstore or online from vendors such as Amazon and ecampus or Best Book Buys


Students are required to bring laptops to class. FH 146 has wireless access to websites for in class activities.







Jan 19


Class Assignment

Course Overview

Introduction to Nanoscience

Jan 26


Class Assignment

Energy in Science and Engineering

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Boris Kiefer, Physics Department, NMSU

Feb 2


Class Assignment

Nanoscience Internship Applications

Nanobioscience basics

Feb 9


Class Assignment


Bio 350 Submit draft of personal and research statements suitable for internship applications in class (50 points)


Nanocrystal Quantum Dots


Feb 16


Class Assignment



Bioenergetics & Photosynthesis

Molecular Motors

Academic Honesty

Feb 23


Class Assignment


Bio 350 Submit revised personal and research statements suitable for internship applications in class (50 points)

Nanomaterials and BioToxicity

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Kevin Houston, Chemistry & Biochemistry, NMSU

Mar 2


Class Assignment


Submit Journal Part 1 in class (300 points)

Heavy Metals in Nature

Ethical and Societal Dimensions of Nanoscience Research Reading the Primary Literature

Mar 9


Class Assignment

Nanofabrication & Imaging the Nanoscale

Reading the Primary Literature

Mar 16


Class Assignment


Bio 550 Submit 2 page research proposal (100 points)

Lab Demos

Mar 23


Spring Break

Apr 20

Submit Journal Part 2 in class (300 points)


Present dissemination project (150 points)

Student Capstone Presentations

Finals Week


May 6

3:30-5:30 pm



Final Exam (100 points)

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Final Exam (100 points)

Date/time in official schedule for courses that meet Tuesday at 3:30