Archived Versions

8.592J / HST.452J Statistical Physics in Biology

As taught in: Spring 2005

A charged polymer.

Condensation of counterions on a charged polymer. (Figure by Prof. Mehran Kardar.)

Level:

Graduate

Instructors:

Prof. Leonid Mirny

Prof. Mehran Kardar

Course Features

Course Description

Statistical Physics in Biology is a survey of problems at the interface of statistical physics and modern biology. Topics include: bioinformatic methods for extracting information content of DNA; gene finding, sequence comparison, and phylogenetic trees; physical interactions responsible for structure of biopolymers; DNA double helix, secondary structure of RNA, and elements of protein folding; considerations of force, motion, and packaging; protein motors, membranes. We also look at collective behavior of biological elements, cellular networks, neural networks, and evolution.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .fna, .pdb, .mov, and .fasta.