The study of biological systems is an increasingly active branch of physics.
Traditionally, physics’ greatest impact on the field of biology has been in the area of instrumentation. With the advent of nanoscale biological techniques (bio-nano), however, physicists are now increasingly directly tackling problems of biological relevance, or using the properties of biological materials (adaptive active matter) to explore new physics as well develop potential new applications of theoretical approaches from physics which today are used in theoretical biology as basis for quantitative analysis of experiments.The aim of the course is to provide the participants with a firm foundation in the fundamentals of biological physics of cells and an overview of the areas where exciting research is currently being done. We will primarily concentrate on the fundamental physical phenomena at work in biological cells. From this scale, we will look up into their collective assemblages and down into their constituent molecular networks. The course is aimed at students (late stage of their undergrad or early Ph.D level) with background in general physics but with an interest in theoretical biology and biophysics as well as students with a background in biological sciences but with interests in the physics of life. Students from other fields are welcome to participate depending on demand and supply forces.
This year we are still in brainstorming mode. We started by tinkering with previous lectured I gave while at the TU Delft.