Physics for Life Sciences
Principles of physics of central relevance to modern biological analysis and instrumentation are introduced with an emphasis on application in practical research areas such as electrophysiology, optogenetics, microscopy, and imaging.
- in basic physic and biophysics underlying biology and neuroscience.
- in methods used in biology and neuroscience.
Typically, students aiming for an experimental PhD project in the fields of biology, neuroscience, or close to these areas.
Students successfully completing this course will have a deeper understanding of the underlying physics principals and the methods used in daily biology and neuroscience experiments.
- Introduction - Physics in Biology: How physics contributes to life sciences.
- Nature of light
- Nature of matter
- Fundamentals on light and matter interaction
- Fluorescence and its applications Part 1
- Fluorescence and its applications Part 2 - Solvatochromism and Electrochromism
- Linear optics
- Non-linear optics, lasers, two-photon microscopy, super resolution microscopy
- The physics of DNA, lipid membranes, and proteins
- Electronics for electrophysiology
- Magnetic resonance imaging
Midterm presentation 25%, Final presentation 25%, participation + homework 25%, examination 1-2 weeks after the last lecture 25%
Atkins Physical Chemistry, by P. Atkins & J. de Paula (2006) Oxford University Press
Introduction to Biophotonics by P.N. Prasad, (2003) J. Wiley & Sons
Foundations of Cellular Neurophysiology by D. Johnston & S.M-S. Wu (1994) The MIT Press
Guide to Research Techniques in Neuroscience by M. Carter & J. Shieh (2015) Academic Press