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Introduction to Biophysics


Lectures: Berenike Maier

Tutorials: Jeffrey Power, Robert Zöllner



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 into biophysical methods.

Contents of the course:

  •  Introduction to molecular cell biology

  •  Random-walks in biology

  •  Mechanical forces in molecular and cellular biology

  •  Photophysics

  •  Signal transduction in nerve cells

  •  Genetic networks and decision making

  •  Physical methods for analysis of biological molecules and processes

Recommended literature:

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


General information:

  • Core course as part of the area of specialization in Statistical and Biolgical Physics
  • Lectures: Monday, 14:00-15:30 SR IKP, Wednesday, 14:00-15:30 SR THP
  • Tutorials: Wednesday 16:00-17:30 SR THP, First Tutorial: October 26