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ChE/BE 163 Introduction to Biomolecular Engineering
9 units (3-0-6); first term

Prerequisites: Bi/Ch 110 or instructor's permission. The course introduces rational design and evolutionary methods for engineering functional protein and nucleic acid systems. Rational design topics include molecular modeling, positive and negative design paradigms, simulation and optimization of equilibrium and kinetic properties, design of catalysts, sensors, motors and circuits. Evolutionary design topics include evolutionary mechanisms and tradeoffs, fitness landscapes, directed evolution of proteins, and metabolic pathways. Instructors: Arnold, Pierce.

Syllabus ChE 163 (pdf)

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