Coursebooks

Physics of the cell

BIO-244

Lecturer(s) :

Persat Alexandre Louis André

Language:

English

Summary

Living organisms evolve in a physical world. Mechanics, electricity and light shape the function of cellular features. In this course, we will use physics to describe the behavior and function of living systems. We will particularly focus on how cells generate, sense and respond to forces.

Content


Numbers and estimates in biology
Life at low Reynolds number
Biopolymers
Cytoskeleton
Membrane mechanics
Molecular motors
Ion channels
Bioelectricity
Multicellularity and biological patterns

Keywords

Physics
Biology
Back of the enveloppe calculations
Mechanics
Cells

Learning Outcomes

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

Assessment methods

Written exam

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum Yes

Resources

Bibliography

Physical Biology of the Cell (Rob Phillips, Jane Kondev, Julie Theriot)

Ressources en bibliothèque



Notes/Handbook

The instructors will provide class notes

In the programs

Reference week

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      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