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Biophysics I

PHYS-301

Lecturer(s) :

Language:

English

Summary

In this course we will study the cell (minimum unit of life) and its components. We will study several key cellular features: Membranes, genomes, channels and receptors. We will apply the laws of physics to develop models to make quantitative and predictive statements.

Content

Introduction to cell biophysics

 

Topics (lectures):

1. Biological membranes: Hydrophobic effect, 2D elasticity (2-4)

2. Molecular events: Ligand binding, ion channel function (5-7)

3. Transport in cellular systems: Diffusive, directed, crowded (8-11)

4. Genomes: 1D elasticity, regulation, transcription, synthetic biology (12-14)

Content:

1. Introduction of biological systems and concepts

2. Description of observations and measurements

3. Estimates of relevant numbers / development of quantitative models

4. Exposure to current research articles

 

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

Mathematics and physics courses of the 1st and 2nd years

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Teaching methods

Ex cathedra and exercises in classrooms

Assessment methods

Written exam at the end of the semester

Supervision

Others No

Resources

Bibliography

Lectures notes and list of recommended books

Moodle: slides, exercises and their solutions

Notes/Handbook

- Biophysique Cellulaire, J.-J. Meister, édition automne 2013

In the programs

Reference week

 MoTuWeThFr
8-9     
9-10     
10-11     
11-12     
12-13     
13-14     
14-15     
15-16     
16-17     
17-18     
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     
 
      Lecture
      Exercise, TP
      Project, other

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  • Autumn semester
  • Winter sessions
  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German