PHY 382 Physics of Cells
Instructor: Dimitrios Vavylonis
co-Instructor: Aurelia Honerkamp-Smith
This course focuses on the physical principles
underlying the organization of living cells, which spans several orders of
magnitude in length and time. It provides an introduction to biological
physics and relevant concepts of soft-matter physics.
Textbook: Physical Biology of the
Cell (Phillips, Kondev, Theriot, Garcia, Second Edition, Garland Science,
New York, 2012).
1. Introduction to physical biology of the cell:
numbers, length and time scales in biology.
2. Mechanical and chemical equilibrium. Two state systems and cooperativity.
Biopolymers and membranes. Electrostatics in solution.
3. Dynamics in the cell. Brownian motion. Rate equations and kinetics of
association and dissociation.
4. Cytoskeleton and molecular motors. Polymerization kinetics. Transport and
5. Biological electricity. Pumps and channels. The Hodgkin-Huxley model.
6. Biological networks. Cell signaling. Biological pattern formation.
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