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BB2410 Molecular Biotechnology for Nanotechnology 7.5 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus BB2410 (Autumn 2011–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

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Intended learning outcomes

The course aims at presenting the state-of-art in interactions between nanotechnology and biotechnology at the scientific frontier. This course will teach the methods which forms the basis for molecular biotechnology within the range of nanoscience applications

After successful completion of the course, the students should be able to:

  • Understand the basic concept in molecular biology
  • Capable to define recombinant DNA technology
  • Give an example and explain the synthesis of important industrial products
  • Explain the potential application of molecular techniques in diagnostics and therapeutics
  • Present the result of the laboratory exercise  as written report

Course disposition

Fundamentals in molecular biology; Tools which enable molecular biotechnology; Structure and functional analysis; Enzymes; DNA sequencing; PCR methods; Protein engineering; Principles on gene technique based vaccines; Molecular diagnostics; Biosensors on nano and micro scale. 


Gene amplification by PCR techniques; Transformation of gene in E.coli; selecting the correct transformed colonies.

Protein isolation purification using selective magnetic beads and molecular weight determination

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Admittance to a Masters programme at KTH with some basic background in chemistry, physics and biology

Recommended prerequisites

Good knowledge about physics and chemistry courses according to the study plan, basic knowledge in living systems or corresponding background.


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Lecture notes and reference literature

Bio-nanotechnology, Goodsell Wiley-Liss, New Jersey, 2004

Molecular Biotechnology – Principles and applications of recombinant DNA, Bernard R. Glick; Jack J. Pasternak, 2003

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 4,5 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

A written examination (TEN1; 3cr) covers the lecture course. To pass the course it is necessary to pass the tutorial and lab exercise (ASS; 1cr, Lab;1cr). Further requirements about the examination and requirements are given at the course start.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web BB2410

Offered by

CBH/Industrial Biotechnology

Main field of study


Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

Students are required to sign up at least two weeks in advance for examination.

The course is given provided at least seven students are admitted.

The course is not open for students at the Degree Programme in Biotechnology