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Organelles and Cells: Labs

The module aims to equip students with the practical skills required for the analysis and engineering of organelles and cells, both eukaryotic and prokaryotic.

You will learn to solve scientific problems in this area by integrating concepts and approaches from different scientific disciplines, including biology, physics, chemistry and computing, with the underlying mathematics serving as a common language.

After completing the module, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the hands-on practical skills required to perform experimental tests of tractable scientific questions, especially about the structures and functions of cells and cellular organelles.
  • Demonstrate a grasp of safety rules and an ability to work safely
  • Demonstrate the ability to accurately record experimental procedures and results, in appropriate detail, using open source electronic notebooks
  • Harness computational data analysis techniques and statistical approaches to analyse data
  • Access and use the scientific literature effectively
  • Interpret and explain experimental data relating to the genetics of cell cycle control, the hydrodynamic behaviour of microswimmers, the control of gene expression, the measurement of electrical phenomena and the use of chemical tools to interrogate biological systems.
  • Demonstrate the writing skills required to report experimental results in the format of a scientific paper, including the ability to write an abstract, to write a short critical review of the relevant literature, present results in an appropriate format and detail with appropriate statistics, discuss the results and frame a clear conclusion.

Course leader
Sunish Radhakrishnan



10 weeks (80 hours of practical laboratory work, including time spent in analysis and write up work.)

Teaching methods

Supervised experimental laboratory work

5 x laboratory reports