RWTH Aachen: "Biophysics I - Cellular Biophysics"
Time: Tuesday 19.10.2021 - 18.01.2022, 15:30 – 18:00 (2 Lecture / 1 Exercise)
Venue: RWTH Aachen University, MBP2 016 (4273|016)
Lecturer: Andreas Offenhäusser
Contents of the course:
Biophysics is an interdisciplinary field of science that deals with the structure, function and dynamics of biological systems. Biological systems are quantitatively studied and described using physical approaches and methods. In addition, biophysics is covering the development and improvement of physical methods for studying biological processes. In the lecture, basic knowledge of biological building blocks and their supramolecular structures as well as corresponding methods for their characterization will be introduced. The functional principles of biomolecular machineries will be demonstrated on the example of nerve conduction, transport, and energy. Reductionist concepts will be introduced that allow to reach quantitative statements, despite the complexity of biological matter. The course is aimed primarily at graduate students with an interest in interdisciplinary research. The molecular aspects of biophysics are covered in another module (II biophysics, molecular biophysics) presented next summer semester.