This one day course will start with an input/output approach to biological systems, then explain where biological molecules come from and how they are formed, what they look like and how they perform such a wide variety of functions. These very same properties of native cell function allow us to probe, manipulate, and modify cell function. With this core knowledge in hand, state of the art industry applications will be discussed, such as the ability of biological systems to produce chemicals, fuels, biomaterials, food and drugs and what modern methods are used for the manipulation of biological systems. Also, the start-up and industry landscape will be discussed and the latest technologies coming to market will be discussed.
This course is designed for people with little or no previous knowledge of biology but with some background in the shared engineering skillset of creative problem solving, iteration, classification, and archiving results. The course date is February 28th, 2019.