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Teaching and Outreach

 

Teaching

BME 382J – “Molecular Biophysics(Graduate Students and Advanced Undergraduates)
This course has two major goals.  First, we aim to develop a molecular level intuition for thermodynamics and mechanics and to apply this knowledge to problems in cell biology.  Second, we will aim to gain a familiarity with modern methods of biophysical measurement, their strengths and limitations, how they are being applied to current research problems, and how we might apply them in our work as researchers. 

BME 344 – “Biomechanics”  (Undergraduates)
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the analysis and modeling of biomechanical systems at the macroscopic scale based on principles of statics, dynamics, and deformable body mechanics.

 

Outreach

Visit our lab at Explore UT each Spring:
The Magic of Membranes - From Metabolism to Medicine
Lipid membranes form the boundaries of living cells and sub-divide the cellular interior into numerous functional compartments.  From the development of tissues and organisms to human aging and disease, membranes play a fundamental role in our health.  Additionally, membranes are being used to design diverse materials and systems for applications ranging from cosmetics to chemotherapy.  Join us for a brief presentation on the science and application of cellular membranes, followed by several hands on activities that encourage young visitors to explore the function and importance of lipid membranes in the human body.

High school student research program:
Our laboratory is engaged in an ongoing partnership with local high schools including Westwood High School (Round Rock, TX) and Bastrop High School (Bastrop, TX) in order to provide high school students with unique opportunities to participate in biomedical research projects.