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NFYK14009U Physics of molecular
Full Degree Master
Continuing and further
Study Board of Physics, Chemistry and
The Niels Bohr Institute
Ala Trusina (7-878588867c81745381757c417e8841777e)
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MSc Programme in Physics
Diseases are complex dynamical processes, that are often caused
by disregulations at the molecular and cellular levels. With the
current developments in biology and physics we are at the point
where quantitative description and understanding of these processes
becomes crucial for treatment and disease prevention.
In this course we will get an overview of where and how physics
approaches are contributing to understanding of the diseases.
Through lectures, article discussions and related computer
exercises we will see how simple quantitative models are becoming a
powerful tool in understanding not only the causes of isolated
diseases, but also uncover similarities across them.
Build and analyze quantitative models of biological systems both at
the level of molecular regulatory networks and cell populations.
Perform computer simulations of the corresponding models. Critical
reading of articles at the cross of several disciplines: biology,
physics, mathematics and medicine.
Learn how physics toolbox can be applied to solving a
number of interesting, real-world disease related problems
including : and aggregation processes in protein
misfolding diseases (e.g. Parkinson, Alzheimers); excitable
media in Heart Arrhythmia and Inflammation, negative
feedbacks and separation of time-scales in Type 2 diabetes,
diffusion and networks in spreading of Infectious
Quantitative understanding of the basic mechanisms behind a variety
of the diseases.
In addition the student will develop an intuition where physics
approach can be able to relevant understanding the causes for onset
and progression of the disease.
Course notes in form of power point slides.
Additional reading material will be posted on
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, exercises and paper
Knowledge of Matlab or other programming
It is expected that the student brings laptop
with Matlab or other programming environment installed.
Restricted elective for the specialisations in "Bio- and
Medical Physics" and "Physics"