BME 317-0-01: Biochemical Sensors

Quarter Offered

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BIOL SCI 215; CHEM 210-1; PHYSICS 135-2,3. For 2019-2020: Bio 215 and Bio 219; Chem 210-1; Phys 135-2,3


Theory, design, and applications of chemical sensors used in medical diagnosis and patient monitoring. Electrochemical and optical sensors.

Who Takes It?

Juniors and seniors in biomedical engineering take this course, along with some students in the Masters program.

What It's About

The course provides an introduction to biosensors that are used in research and clinical diagnostics. The course discusses biosensor development from basic research through development and commercialization, and includes the key scientific advances, the translation of those advances to companies, including startups, and the market impact of the technologies. Students gain an understanding of the major approaches to measuring biomolecules and enzyme activities and the routes to translating new approaches to the market.


  • Proteins, Enzymes and DNA
  • Basics of protein biochemistry
  • Diagnosing disease
  • Detecting proteins with antibodies
  • Fluorescence methods
  • Electrical methods
  • Label-Free methods
  • Arrays and high throughput measurements
  • Microfluidic platforms
  • Single molecule methods
  • Models for startup creation


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