Academic year
2022/2023 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
CM1301 (AF:373940 AR:210617)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
Course year
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The teaching activities meet the criteria characterizing the degree in Science and Technology of bio and nanomaterials in particular to the problems related to the application of nano- and bio-technologies in humans.
The educational objective of the course is to provide knowledge related to:
1) Application of biotechnology in medicine;
2) Application of nanomaterials in cancer therapy;
3) Laboratory techniques in the field of biotechnology and nanomaterials.

This knowledge is then used to prepare students to develop scientific criteria essential for job application with particular reference to academia and bio-pharmaceutical companies.
1. Knowledge and understanding
● Knowledge of the basic terminology of bio and nanotechnologies and understand the specialized texts in the reference sector.
● Knowledge of basic techniques of biotechnology
● Knowledge of the interaction of nanoparticles with humans.
● To develop innovative methods to overcome the current barriers in the transport of nanodrugs.
2. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
1. Knowledge and understanding
● (Knowledge of the basic terminology of bio and nanotechnologies and understand the specialized texts in the reference sector.) Knowledge of how to correctly use the terminology in all the application and communication processes of the acquired knowledge.
● (Knowledge of the basic techniques of biotechnology.) Knowing how to choose the most appropriate technology according to the objective of the study.
● (Knowledge of the interaction of nanoparticles with humans.) To predict the effects of nanoparticles in humans by evaluating their chemical-physical properties.
● (To develop innovative methods to overcome current barriers in the transport of nanodrugs.) Implement new strategies to make effective nanodrugs in terms of treatment effect and lower toxicity.

3. Ability to judge
● Knowing how to formulate and argue simple hypotheses, also developing a critical approach to the evaluation of alternative hypotheses.
4. Communication skills
● Know how to communicate with appropriate terminology in the field of nano and biotechnology.
● Knowing how to deal with peers and with the tutor, critically and respectfully, in the classroom to deepen and develop a scientific culture in the field of reference.
5. Learning skills
● Know how to integrate the contents of the slides shared by the teacher with notes and reference texts.
Knowledge of molecular biology and synthesis of nanomaterials.
Introduction to nano and biotechnology.
The biotechnology applications of molecular cloning and DNA analysis.
The production of proteins from cloned genes.
Cloning and DNA analysis in Medicine.
Barriers in the transport of nanodrugs in oncology.
Misunderstanding and pitfalls in the application of nanodrugs.
Laboratory experience:
Culture, expansion and freezing of eukaryotic cells.
Cell culture test: mycoplasma analysis by PCR.
Transfection of DNA vectors into eukaryotic cells. Analysis by the western blot technique of recombinant proteins.
Preparation of a pharmaceutical liposomal formulation.
Acute toxicity test in human cells (EC50) of the liposomal formulation.
The following reference texts are available in the BAS library of the campus in via Torino.
Mandatory texts

● Lewin's Gene XII. Benjamin Lewin, Jocelyn E. Krebs, Elliot S. Goldstein, Stephen T. Kilpatrick. Jones & Bartlett Learning. 2017

● Gene Cloning and DNA Analysis: An Introduction. Terry A. Brown. John Wiley & Sons Limited. 2016
The verification of learning takes place through an oral test. Mastery in the presentation of course objectives will be assessed. In particular, a topic will be evaluated regarding the application of biotechnologies, nanotechnologies and laboratory experience. The final grade will be given by the algebraic sum of the vote achieved in each of these three objectives.
During the oral examination the use of books, notes and electronic media is not allowed.
Teaching is organized in:
- lectures where the contents of the course will be exposed through a slide show.
- reciprocal questions between the teacher and the students for the verification of learning and the application of the covered topics.
- experimental laboratory for the application of some case studies (It is mandatory to attend at least 80% of laboratory experiences).
Accessibility, Disability and Inclusion

Accommodation and support services for students with disabilities and students with specific learning impairments:
Ca’ Foscari abides by Italian Law (Law 17/1999; Law 170/2010) regarding supportservices and accommodation available to students with disabilities. This includes students with mobility, visual, hearing and other disabilities (Law 17/1999), and specific learning impairments (Law 170/2010). In the case of disability or impairment that requires accommodations (i.e., alternate testing, readers, note takers or interpreters) please contact the Disability and Accessibility Offices in Student Services:
Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 01/09/2022