7.342 Systems Biology: Stochastic Processes and Biological Robustness

As taught in: Fall 2008

Fluorescence micrograph of isogenic cells

Variability in the numbers of mRNAs in an isogenic cell population. (Image courtesy of Arjun Raj.)

Level:

Undergraduate

Instructors:

Prof. Jeff Gore

Dr. Arjun Raj

Course Description

In this seminar, we will discuss some of the main themes that have arisen in the field of systems biology, including the concepts of robustness, stochastic cell-to-cell variability, and the evolution of molecular interactions within complex networks.

This course is one of many Advanced Undergraduate Seminars offered by the Biology Department at MIT. These seminars are tailored for students with an interest in using primary research literature to discuss and learn about current biological research in a highly interactive setting. Many instructors of the Advanced Undergraduate Seminars are postdoctoral scientists with a strong interest in teaching.