Bio3073: Specialist Topics in Chemical Sciences

This module is composed of six short courses on advanced topics in chemistry. Each course is taught in eight lectures, or the equivalent in workshop or tutorial format. My course focuses on Molecular Transport across Biological Membranes (6 lectures and 2 workshops).

Molecular exchange across cellular membranes is one of the most fundamental phenomena in biology. Life relies on the delicate balance between influx and efflux processes: cells survive if they are able to keep the intracellular level of accumulated poisonous molecules below a toxic threshold while obtaining a quantity of nutrients sufficient for subsistence. This course will review the repertoire of membrane proteins that function as molecule transporters in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and introduce you to the main mechanisms underlying molecular transport across biological membranes including passive diffusion, channel-facilitated diffusion, primary and secondary active transport. The course will conclude with a theoretical workshop on state-of-the-art technologies for studying membrane transport and a practical workshop on studying membrane transport by using the microfluidics and microscopy facilities available at Exeter. Prerequisites: Either BIO1343 or NSC1003


NSCM003: Further Advanced Topics in Chemistry

This module provides you with small-group teaching across a selection of advanced topics in chemistry, reflecting the research interests of the staff involved. The syllabus consists of six short courses, each taught as a self-contained set of eight lectures (or the workshop/tutorial equivalent). My course focuses on Microfluidics and Lab-On-A-Chip technologies (6 lectures and 2 practical).

This course focuses on microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip technologies. These cutting-edge technologies intersecting chemistry, physics and biotechnology have become pivotal to molecular biology, DNA analysis and point-of-care diagnosis of diseases. In this course you will learn the theoretical and experimental basis of microfluidics including the physical laws governing the movement of fluids at the micro- and nano-scale and some of the most relevant applications of lab-on-a-chip technologies. The course will be completed by two practical workshops. In the first workshop you will learn how to design your own microfluidic device by using software like CAD. The second one will be hands-on the fabrication and handling of microfluidic devices in the lab and you will get to make your first microfluidic chips which could be your first step into a career in microfluidics! Prerequisites: NSC1003