Biomaterials and Devices for Disease Diagnosis and Therapy

A photograph of a small, transparent, circle, shaped like a disc. It has thin lines etched into it that form patterns of concentric circles and polygons.

A microfluidic palette. See Lecture Summary 11 to learn more about this area of research. Image from Wikimedia Commons, by G. Cooksey, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Public domain.


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Fall 2018



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Students will learn about the use of biomaterials to create advanced diagnostic tools for detection of infectious and chronic diseases, restore insulin production to supplement lost pancreatic function in diabetes, provide cells with appropriate physical, mechanical, and biochemical cues to direct tissue regeneration, and enhance the efficacy of cancer immunotherapy.

This course is one of many Advanced Undergraduate Seminars offered by the Biology Department at MIT. These seminars are tailored for students with an interest in using primary research literature to discuss and learn about current biological research in a highly interactive setting. Many instructors of the Advanced Undergraduate Seminars are postdoctoral scientists with a strong interest in teaching.


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Kevin McHugh, and Ali Beyzavi. 7.341 Biomaterials and Devices for Disease Diagnosis and Therapy. Fall 2018. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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