BIOENG-611 / 2 credits
Remark: Lectures would take place on Oct 2, 3, 4, 6, and there will be one day free for a project/exercise work on Oct 5.
Only this year
This course introduces students to models of active and passive transport in biological systems. This will include the effect of external factors (motor proteins, crowding) and membrane dynamics on transportation. Finally, the course will cover the emergence of intracellular collective motion.
The goal of this course is to develop theoretical models for transport corresponding cases of particular interest in biological systems. Starting from a review of first-principles concepts behind transport and diffusion, students will learn how to model active and passive transport. This will include the effect of external factors on transportation dynamics, such as forces exerted by motor proteins and macromolecular crowding. In addition, the course will discuss the roles of geometry and membrane dynamics of organelles. Finally, we will cover the emergence of collective movements of intracellular components.
Maximum number of participants: 20
Intracellular transport, active transport, diffusion, motor proteins, crowding, membrane dynamics, collective motion
Basic understanding of classical mechanics and statistical physics is beneficial.
By the end of the course, the student must be able to:
- Model diffusion and active transport of intracellular components
- Assess / Evaluate the validity of a model given experimental conditions
- Apply these models to practical cases
P. Nelson: Biological Physics
In the programs
- Number of places: 20
- Exam form: Oral presentation (session free)
- Subject examined: Diffusion in biological systems
- Lecture: 28 Hour(s)
- Project: 8 Hour(s)