This course consists of a detailed study of scientific articles in the field of bio-, micro- and nanofluidics. The course content is tuned for PhD students in the fields of MEMS, Cell Physics, biotechnology, and the like.
We meet every second week for discussing a specific article. One student is chosen as the presenting participant, and this on a rotation basis. The presenting student selects a "high quality / high learning factor" scientific article related to the fields of lab-on-chip, microfluidics, biosensing technologies, microscale chemical/biological/medical systems, etc, and distributes the article to the other participants. The choice of article must be approved by the course responsible.
The article discussion is divided into five different topic areas: 1) Presentation of the article performed by the student who selected it; 2) discussion on the writing style, presentation of background information, experimental details; 3) the statements made in the results and discussion sections; 4) scientific ethics; and 5) scientific merits and the validity of the conclusions made. For topic areas 2, 3, 4 and 5 discussion is led by a student selected at random from the participants at the meeting.
To be given a passing grade at the meeting, students need to prepare for all topics areas except topic area 1 and be ready to lead the discussion if selected at the meeting. All students are expected to be active participants during the meeting.
The meetings are scheduled to last between 1,5-2 hrs.