Nagoya University, School of Engineering Lecture information system (SYLLABUS)

Biophysics(2.0 credits)

Course Type:Specialized Courses
Class Format:Lecture
Course Name : Applied Physics Quantum Science and Energy Engineering
Starts 1 : 3 the previous term 4 the previous term
Elective/Compulsory : Compulsory Elective Elective
Lecturer : Masaki SASAI Professor 

•Course Purpose
Physical models are powerful tools to quantitatively analyze the complex biological phenomena. Basic physical knowledge of biomolecules and cells is explained to develop the ability to use such models. The interdisciplinary approach is emphasized as the creative style of science.

•Prerequisite Subjects
Biological Science, Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics

•Course Topics
1. World of cells (size, number, fluctuation)
2. From order to order (history of molecular biology, impact of structures)
3. From disorder to order (protein folding)
4. The proteome world
5. Free energy and cells (production and consumption of ATP, molecular motors)
6. Information processing in cells (gene switches)
7. Information circuit in cells (gene network)
8. Long-term memory in cells (epigenetics)
9. Fluctuation in cell differentiation

Notes for lecture (written in Japanese) are uploaded on NUCT site.

•Additional Reading
"Physical Biology of the Cell" Rob Phillips et al., Garland Science

•Grade Assessment
Report 30%, examination 70%
Ones who did not attend the final exam. will be regarded as "absent"


•Contacting Faculty
During or after the class.


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