Mathematical Cell Biology

Tue, May 1, 2012 to Thu, May 31, 2012
Mathematical Cell Biology Summer Course


The course will be taught at UBC (Math 563) as an online course, with web-based material, archived and live lectures and interactive discussion sessions.

The relevant biological topics and mathematical background needed to understand current research in mathematical cell biology will be taught as part of this intensive course. Some background in (undergraduate) differential equations (ODEs, PDEs) will be assumed.

Interested students can take this course for credit at UBC (or at the affiliated western universities under the Western Dean's agreement).

Tentative list of topics

  • Pattern formation and cellular polarization
  • Intracellular signaling
  • Microscopy methods and biological data analysis
  • Biopolymers and assembly kinetics
  • Buckling, bending, stretching, twisting: mechanical models for cells.
  • Microtubule and actin: structure and dynamics
  • Actin-based polymerization ratchet
  • Molecular motors
  • Mechanics of cell division
  • Bacterial chemotaxis
  • Motility of animal cells and cell shape
  • Continuum, discrete, and simulation models of cell phenomena

More information is available on Prof. Keshet's personal website