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Biological Physics I: Molecules and Cells

Lectures: Berenike Maier

Tutorials: 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 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:

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, 14:00-14:45 SR THP
  • Tutorials: Wednesday 15:00-15:45 SR THP, First Tutorial: October 18


Monday, October 16th: Safety instructions Practical course M -> no lecture!

Wednesday, October 18th: no lecture but tutorial takes place!