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Biological Physics I: Molecules and Cells

Lectures: Berenike Maier

Tutorials: Mona Förster, Isabelle Wielert

General information:

  • First lecture: 10/10 2022
  • Lectures: Monday 2:00 - 3:30 pm Seminarraum Kernphysik, Wednesday 2:00 - 2:45 pm Seminarraum Theorie
  • Tutorials: Wednesday 2:45 - 3:30 pm Seminarraum Theorie
  • Monday, 10/17 no lecture due to APM safety instructions


Aims of the course:

Life as an interplay between physics and genetics; understanding how physical principles guide the behavior of biological cells and organisms; introduction to biophysical methods.

Contents of the lectures and tutorials (6 CP):

  • Introduction to molecular cell biology
  • Random walks in biology
  • Rate equations and cellular dynamics
  • Mechanical forces in molecular and cellular biology
  • Signal transduction in nerve cells
  • Photophysics

Contents of the seminar (additional 1.5 CP):

  • Physical methods for analysis of biological molecules and processes

Recommended literature:

Script (to be found on the ILIAS page)

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

Alberts, B., Johnson, A., Lewis, J., Morgan, D., Raff, M., Roberts, K., Walter, P., Molecular Biology of the Cell, Garland Science, 2015


General information:

  • Core course as part of the area of specialization in Statistical and Biolgical Physics
  • You will all information and lecture material on the ILIAS platform. Please register in KLIPS2 to gain access to the ILIAS course pages. Bonn students: Please send an email to to access the ILIAS pages.