University Courses

Dr. Facciotti currently teaches two undergraduate courses in Biomedical Engineering: Protein Engineering (BIM 140), and Synthetic Biology (BIM 143). He also contributes lectures to BIM01, Introduction to Biomedical Engineering. In addition, Facciotti teaches Introduction to Biology: Essentials of Life on Earth (BIS 2A).  He has guest lectured in BIS 133, Collaborative Studies in Mathematical Biology. Dr. Facciotti also leads a Participatory Seminar on Microbial Diversity (BIM 298). Descriptions below.

BIS 2A Introduction to Biology: Essentials of Life on Earth Units: 4
Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Essentials of life including sources and use of energy, information storage, responsiveness to natural selection and cellularity. Origin of life and influence of living things on the chemistry of the Earth. Not open for credit to students who have completed course 1A with a grade of C- or better.
BIM 140 Protein Engineering Units: 4
Lecture: 3 hours, discussion: 1 hour. Prerequisites: BIS 1A, CHE 8B. Protein structure and function are described, together with BME tools and strategies. Topics include modern methods for designing, producing, and characterizing novel proteins and peptides, design strategies, computer modeling, heterologous expression, in vitro mutagenesis, protein crystallography, spectroscopic and calorimetric methods for characterization, and other techniques.
BIM 143 Molecular Systems Engineering – Synthetic Biology Units: 4
Lecture: 3 hours, discussion: 1 hour. Prerequisites: BIS 2A, CHE 8B, MAT 21C, PHY 9C. Introductory course in Synthetic Biology. This course focuses on the analysis, design, construction and characterization of synthetic biological systems. This includes components and control of cellular behavior, use of standardized biological parts, modular assembly, computer aided design, gene synthesis, directed evolution, protein engineering, biological safety, security, ownership, sharing & innovation and ethics.
BIM 298 Participatory Seminar: Microbial Diversity Fall Quarter
Select reading material within the broad field of microbial diversity. Some possible topics are: extremophiles, unique microbial metabolic strategies, microbe/host interactions, microbial engineering, new technologies for diversity surveys, relevant bioinformatics methods.


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