skip to content

Biological Physics II

Lectures: Berenike Maier

Tutorials: Marc Hennes

Aims of the course:

Introduction to nonlinear dynamics; structure and dynamics of biological networks; building and analyzing theoretical models of biological systems; understanding the causes and consequences of molecular number fluctuations in living systems; principles of pattern formation in multicellular systems.

Contents of the lectures and tutorials (6 CP):

  • Dynamical systems

  • Dynamics of small regulatory networks

  • Noise in gene expression

  • Biological pattern formation

  • Reaction-diffusion systems

  • Empirical laws in biology


Lecture material

Contents of the seminar (additional 1.5 CP):

  • Selected topics


Recommended literature:

Strogatz, S.H., Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos, Westview Press, Boulder, CO, 2014

Phillips, R., Kondev, J., Theriot, J., Physical Biology of the Cell, Garland Science, New York, 2013

Script Biological Physics 2


General information:

  • Core course as part of the area of specialization in Statistical and Biolgical Physics
  • Lectures: Wednesday, 14:00-15:30 SR 0.01, Zülpicherstr. 77a, Friday, 12:00-12:45 SR 0.01, Zülpicherstr. 77a
  • Tutorials: Friday 12:45-13:30 SR 0.01, Zülpicherstr. 77a, First Tutorial: April 12th