Biophysics Group / Nussberger Lab

Bioanalytics II

Modern bioanalytics contributes to the solution of challenging tasks in different areas of life science. Important tools include classical techniques such as x-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy for the three-dimensional structure determination of large macromolecular complexes, super-resolution microscopy for the resolution of objects below the diffraction limit of 200 nm, and nano-pore arrays for high-resolution single-molecule analysis. This lecture series deals with these topics; it is designed for students in the master's programs in Technical Biology and Biomedical Engineering.

General Information


Prof. Dr. Stephan Nussberger and Prof. Dr. Dieter Jendrossek






German or English


Thursdays 9:45 - 11:15 h / PWR 57 V9.330

  • The next lecture will take place in the winter semester 2020/2021.
  • First lecture: TBA

Main Topics

  • Topic 1: Fundamentals of X-ray crystallography 
    • Bravais grid, Fourier theory (Nussberger)
    • Ewald construction (Nussberger) 
    • Solution of the phase problem (Nussberger)
  • Topic 2: Basics of Cryo-Transmission Electron Microscopy (Nussberger)
  • Topic 3: Super-resolution microscopy 
    • Near-field optical microscopy and total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy (TIRFM) (Nussberger)
    • Stochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy (STORM) and Photoactivated Localization Microscopy (PALM) (Nussberger)
    • Stimulated Emission Depletion Microscopy (Nussberger)
  • Topic 4: Methods for manipulating individual molecules
    • Optical tweezers (Nussberger)
    • Scanning Probe Microscopy (AFM, SNOM) (Nussberger)
  • Topic 5: Electrophysiological Methods
    • Patch Clamp (Nussberger)
    • Single Molecule DNA Sequencing (Nussberger)
    • Droplet hydrogel bilayer (Nussberger)
  • Topic 6: Genetic analysis
    • 2-hybrid system (Jendrossek)
    • DNA chips (Jendrossek)
    • Directed mutagenesis (Jendrossek)
  • An up-to-date overview with lecture dates can be found in CAMPUS.
  • All documents are available for download in the ILIAS course.
  • Bernhard Rupp, Biomolecular Crystallography: Principles, Practice, and Application to Structural Biology (Garland, 2010)
  • Paul R. Selvin and Taekjip Ha, Single-Molecule Techniques (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press 2008)
  • Lottspeich, Engels (Hrsg.) Bioanalytik (Springer Spektrum) 
  • Joseph R. Lakowicz, Principles of Fluorescence Spectroscopy (Springer, 2006) 
  • Seminar paper and lecture on a topic of molecular bioanalytics
  • Submission of the seminar paper and date of the lecture: End of the semester
  • Successful participation in the lab course 



Biophysics Group, Institute of Biomaterials and biomolecular Systems, University of Stuttgart

Pfaffenwaldring 57 , D-70569 Stuttgart, Germany

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