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Code: BT 630
Title: Physical Cell Biology
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Instructor: B. Anand
Duration: Mon (10-10.55); Tue (11-11.55); Fri (9-10)
Motto: To obtain quantitative insights on the underlying biological complexity by the application of physical models
Space and time inside a living cell, their scales and hierarchy; Model systems: haemoglobin, bacteriophage, E. coli, yeast, fruit fly and man; Mechanical and chemical equilibrium in a living cell; Applications of entropy and statistical mechanics; Two state systems; Random walks; Protein electrostatics; Beam theory of cellular architecture; Biological membranes: springiness, shape and energetics; Hydrodynamics of water and fluid dynamics of blood; Low Reynolds number world; Diffusion in the cell; Life in the crowded and disordered environments; Rate equations in the cell; Molecular motors, biological electricity and the Hodgkin-Huxley model.
1. R. Philips, J. Kondev and J. Theriot, Physical Biology of the Cell, 1st Edn., Garland Science, 2009.
2. P. Nelson, Biological Physics, 1st Edn., W. H. Freeman, 2007.
3. B. Alberts, A. Johnson, J. Lewis, M. Raff, K. Roberts and P. Walter, Molecular Biology of the Cell, 5th Edn., Garland Science, 2007.
4. Contemporary Journal Articles
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