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Welcome to the Nano in Biotechnology and Medicine group! If you are a student or practicing engineer or scientist who wants to learn more about nano in biotechnology and medicine or an instructor looking for materials to use in a course, you can find material here that includes complete courses and seminars on specialized topics.

Much of the material is freely accessible by any visitor, but by joining this group, you can participate in discussions on topics of interest to you or even work on a project with other group members. Additionally, as a group member you may receive notifications about new materials and events of interest to the nano biotechnology and medicine group members. Adding events to the group calendar is as easy as clicking on “add event”.

You can also contribute more substantial resources to nanoHUB through the resources contribution process, and then send a message to the group manager so that links to those resources can be added to this group.

This group contains the following:

nanoBIO Node

NCN’s nanoBIO Node is based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is a rich resource for material in the nanoBIO realm. They contribute resources directly to nanoHUB as well as maintain a website with customized content.

nanoHUB-U Courses

Introduction to Bioelectricity

Taught by Pedro Irazoqui
This five-week short course aims to introduce students to bioelectricity using a unique, “bottom up” approach.
Selected Topics: nervous system, electric signaling, biological conductors, Nernst equation, core conductors, cable theory, Hodgkin-Huxley Model, neuromodulation

Principles of Electronic Nanobiosensors

Taught by Muhammad A. Alam
This course will provide an in-depth analysis of the origin of the extra-ordinary sensitivity, fundamental limits, and operating principles of modern nanobiosensors. Students of this course will not learn how to fabricate a sensor, but will be able to decide what sensor to make, appreciate their design principles, interpret measured results, and spot emerging research trends.
Selected Topics: nanobiosensing, diffusion limits, form and function of ISFET, glucose sensors, cantilever sensors, genome sequence

General Courses


Cell Culture Basics Training

Purdue University (2015)  Powerpoint Presentation with embedded links to videos.

Taught by Sophie A. LelièvreShirisha ChittiboyinaTim Kwok

This series of videos combined with accompanying PowerPoint file comprise introductory training for Cell Culture Basics. This learning unit is part of the training required for access to the Three Dimensional Cell Culture Core (3D3C) facility at Purdue University, and is appropriate for anyone learning this technique.

The videos provide some detailed demonstration of processes that help keep cell culture safe for all users as well as for the cultured cells during freezing, thawing and passaging the cells.  Specific information is given regarding aseptic techniques while manipulating cells and culture related items, tips on labeling culture vessels and other items, methods for adding or removing medium from cell culture vessels and seeding cells in cell culture vessels. These training videos also highlight simple rules to dispose of biohazardous sharps and clean the system used to aspirate the medium from cell cultures.

Introduction to Biological Physics

Physics 498 at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2008) 24 Lectures. Breeze Presentation and pdf.
Taught by Paul R Selvin
Selected Topics: biophysics, partition function, nucleic acids, DNA technology, FISH, PCR, forensics, magnetics traps, magnetic tweezers, ATPase, x-ray structure, FIONA, mutagenesis, resolution, SHREC, DOPI, PALM, STORM, FRET, helicase, confocal and STED microscopy, optical raps, diffusion, magnetotaxis, Nerves, ion channels, vision.

Graduate Courses

Biological Rhythms in Health and Disease

MCB 529 BRH at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  (2013) 6 Lectures.

Taught by Martha U. Gillette 

Our major research thrusts are to understand: 1) signals that engage the circadian clockwork in the brain, 2) sub-cellular micro-environments that shape neuronal dendrites in development and repair, and 3) emergent behaviors of integrated neuronal systems.

Engineering Nanomedical Systems

BME 695L at Purdue University (2011) 19 Lectures.
Taught by James Leary
Selected Topics: designing/testing integrated nanomedical systems, theranostics, molecular imaging, cell targeting, cell entry mechanisms, zeta potentials, surface chemistry, nanodelivery systems, molecular biosensor feedback control systems,nanotoxicity, XPS,cancer detection and intervention, AFM, quality control in manufacturing, FDA/ EPA regulatory issues.

An older version of the course is BME 695N (2007).

Biological Nanoengineering

ABE 446 at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2010) 7 Lectures.
Taught by Kaustubh Bhalerao
Selected Topics: synthetic nanostructures, micromachining, biologic nanostructures, nanodevice design rationale, biomimetic strategies, biological response to nanodevices, nanotechnology in the environment, economic and non-technical discussions surrounding nanotechnology.

BioNanotechnology and Nanomedicine— Applications in Cancer and Mechanobiology

BIOE 498 at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2011) 27 Lectures.
Taught by Rashid Bashir, Taher A. Saif, Ann M Nardulli, Catherine J. Murphy
Selected Topics: BioMEMS, microfluidics, micro and nanofbrication, 3D biofabrication, cancer biology, metastasis, chemicals, radiation infectious agents, heredity, oncogenes, tumor suppressors, cancers, therapeutic nanotechnology, nanocarriers, metal nanoparticles, hyperthermia, colloidal metal nanoparticle optics, nanoparticle contrast agents, mechano-transduction, force traction microscopy, light in cell biology.


ECE 416 at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2011) 39 Lectures.
Taught by Brian Cunningham
Selected Topics: biosensors, bioselective layers, mass transport, electrochemical sensors, acoustic wave sensors, SPR sensors, optical sensors, impedance based sensors, fluorescence, homogeneous assays, DNA microarrays, protein microarrays, raman spectroscopy

An Introduction to BioMEMS and Bionanotechnology

ECE 416 at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2005) 4 Lectures
Taught by Rashid Bashir
Selected Topics: Device Fabrication Methods, DNA and Proteins, Lab on a Chip, Essentials of Microbiology, Introduction to Microfluidics, Sensing Methodologies, Integrated BioMEMS and Nanodevices.

JRA— Bioreactor Lab

BIOE 498 at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2011) 2 Lectures, 5 Labs
Taught by Jennifer Amos
Selected Topics: heart, ligament bioreactor

Neural Systems Modeling

MCB 493 at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2013) 14 Lectures.
Taught by Thomas J. Anastasio
Selected Topics: neural computations, neural circuits, covariation learning, auto-associative memory, learning, reinforcement learning, associative conditioning, information transmission, probability estimation, nonlinear signal processing, temporal difference learning, reward prediction, probabilistic inference, future directions

Biomolecular Physics

Physics 550 at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2013) 28 Lectures.
Taught by Klaus Schulten, Taekjip Ha
Selected Topics: biomolecular physics, photosynthesis, molecules and light, vision, stochastic processes, neurons, biophysics, gene expression, motor proteins, fluorescence, DNA, super resolution imaging, !smFRET, repriscillator, optical traps, sequencing method, genome engineering, synthetic cell.

An older version of the course is Physics 550 (2010).

Introduction to Bioinformatics

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2012) 18 Lectures
Taught by Saurabh Sinha
Selected Topics: molecular biology, statistics, dynamic programming, sequence alignment, hashing, genomics, hidden Markov models, gene finding, microarrays, evolutionary tree, proteomics

Summer Schools and Workshops

2009 GEM4 Summer School Cellular and Molecular Mechanics with a focus on Enabling Technologies

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2009) 28 Lectures.

Taught By Rashid BashirTaher SaifIrfan AhmadJimmy K. Hsia


  • Fundamentals of Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Basics of Mechanics in connection with Biological Systems
  • Mechanotransduction at a distance in a living cell
  • Mechanics insights into the pathophysiology of human disease; Microfluidics approaches to studying human diseases
  • Effects of mechanical stiffness and applied force on ligand-receptor binding kinetics at the cell-material interface
  • Fundamentals of molecular dynamics and computational molecular nanomechanics
  • Mechanics and Bioengineering of Basement Membranes and Extracellular Matrix
  • Inflammation in Human Disease and the Auto-digestion Hypothesis
  • Engineering Digital Surfaces for Programming Cell Responses
  • Fundamental Problems of Computational Bio-mechanics of Cardiovascular Flow
  • Review of Cellular Imaging Techniques
  • Statistical mechanics of cell-cell and cell-matrix adhesions; Multi-scale approaches to study cellular adhesions
  • Models and Experiments in Cytoskeletal Mechanics
  • Cell microrheology: fundamentals and applications
  • Next generation single molecule fluorescence technologies
  • Intracellular Force Transduction
  • Microfluidic systems in neurobiology
  • Probing Cellular Motility using Microfluidic Tools
  • Migration of epithelial cells
  • Small Scale Biomechanics Measurements
  • Electro-mechanical Sensing of Biomolecules and Cells on a Chip
  • FIONA: Super-'Resolution' Microscopy
  • Moving cells on chips, microfluidics, and clinical medicine
  • Mechanotransduction at cell-cell contacts
  • Nanotechnology for Cellular and Molecular Manipulations
  • Live cell imaging in mechanobiology
  • Deciphering mechanical and chemical signals in the extracellular matrix
  • Computational methods for understanding the dynamics of interacting motor molecules in muscles
  • Discussion: Issues in Physical Sciences - Biology Collaboration
  • The Chemical and Mechanical Signals Driving Neutrophil Polarity and Chemotaxis
  • New Soft Materials for Wound Repair and Tissue Engineering
  • Seeing the Unseen: the Force Story of a Cancer Cell


GEM4 Cellular and Molecular Mechanics with a focus on Developmental Biology Summer School 2012

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2012) 23 Lectures.


GEM4 Bionanotechnology Summer Institute 2013

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2013) 10 Lectures.

Summer Research Opportunities

Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Purdue (SURF)

The SURF program is helping students across engineering, science, and technology disciplines discover a world of opportunity available to them through research. By closely working with other creative and innovative people, students explore, discover, and transform ideas into reality to advance society and improve people's lives.


Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of Pennsylvania

Focus: Nanoscale research opportunities across a wide range of disciplines from materials science, mechanical engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, bioengineering, physiology, chemical engineering and electrical engineering.

Dates: May 31 – August 5, 2016 (10 weeks)

Location: University of Pennsylvania, Singh Center for Nanotechnology in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Stipend: $5500 (before taxes, 9 AM – 5 PM full-time participation for the duration of the program is expected)

Eligibility: You must be an enrolled undergraduate student, who will not graduate before the summer program ends. Students attending a college or university other than Penn are invited to apply.

You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to participate in this program.

Follow the link for complete application information, or download it here., a resource for nanoscience and nanotechnology, is supported by the National Science Foundation and other funding agencies. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.