Imperial College London

ProfessorRobKrams

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Bioengineering

Professor of Molecular Bioengineering
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 1473r.krams

 
 
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Location

 

3.15Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Techniques in Molecular Bioengineering - BE9-MRTMB

Aims

This course will teach wet lab skills for molecular biology, applying them to a particular model, the eNOS-GFP mouse.  General molecular biology laboratory procedures and safety implications.  Genotyping transgenic mice using PCR, gel electrophoresis and imaging.  Western blotting and site-directed mutagenesis.

Role

Course Leader

Journal Club - BE9-MJCLUB

Aims

Biomaterials

The aim of the course is for students to read and discuss key journal articles relevent to the course

By the end of the course, students will be able to

  • Read journal articles and extract the important information
  • Do a critical presentation regarding a journal article
  • Understand the structure and writing style of high impact journal articles

Two or three papers will be reviewed each week and all papers are available on Blackboard. Members of the group review the papers in their freetime so that at the session they will be able to review the assigned papers.

One person from the group will give a short (10 minutes) summary and critique of the paper allocated (mostly in highlighting the novelty and all the good points of the paper – will be the “for” person for this paper), while another person of the group will try to identify all the shortcomings of the paper and what they authors could have done to improve it (will be the “against” person for this paper).

This is then repeated for the second (and third) paper.

So, in total each week at least four people are presenting (2 for and 2 against). The rest of the group should read the papers and participate in the discussion.

 

Biomechanics

  • To introduce methods how to present and discuss important papers in the field of biomechanics
  • To introduce methods for presenting data to an interested audience
  • To introduce methodsto write an assay of key papers in the field of biomechanics

Medical Physics

  • To introduce students to journal papers and how to read and critique them

Neurotechnology

The journal club helps students to develop two key skills: to read research papers and to develop critical thinking. 

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Read journal articles and extract important information.
  • Summarise and critically review journal articles.

Role

Course Leader

Systems Physiology - BE9-MSPHYS

Aims

To introduce systems phyiology to engineers. Special emphasis is on describing organ systems needed for understanding the physics and models of the circulation.

Topics that will be discussed are:

  • Biotechnology
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Neurological system
  • Musculo-skeletal system
  • Respiratory system

 

 

 

 

Role

Course Leader

Molecules, Cells and Processes - BE1-HMCP

Aims

This course will introduce the underlying molecular basis of cellular and sub-cellular processes in cells, with special emphasis for engineers. It will discuss these parts of the underlying theory that enables an engineer to better interpret literature and models of cells. 

Topics discussed will include:

  • Molecular shape
  • Forces between molecules in 2D and 3D
  • Energy use and generation within cells
  • Regulation of cellular gene expression
  • Regulation of cellular protein synthesis
  • Description of the techniques used for detecting genes and proteins
  • Latest biotechnology techniques

 

 

 

 

Role

Course Leader

Biomechanics - BE4-MBMX

Aims

To introduce students to biomechanics. This is an introductory module, whose goal is to introduce students to a range of topics. Topics include kinematics and kinetics of human locomotion, bone and soft tissue failure, macro- and micro-circulatory mechanics in various organs, and practical approaches to quantifying biomechanics.

Role

Lecturer

Biomechanics - BE3-MBMX

Aims

To introduce students to biomechanics. This is an introductory module, whose goal is to introduce students to a range of topics. Topics include kinematics and kinetics of human locomotion, bone and soft tissue failure, macro- and micro-circulatory mechanics in various organs, and practical approaches to quantifying biomechanics.

Role

Lecturer