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FFR110 - Computational biology 1
 
Owner: FCMAS
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: C
Department: 16 - PHYSICS


Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0199 Examination 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c   Contact examiner,  Contact examiner

In programs

TTFYA ENGINEERING PHYSICS, Year 4 (elective)
TKBIA BIOENGINEERING, Year 4 (elective)
FCMAS MSc PROGRAMME IN COMPLEX ADAPTIVE SYSTEMS, Year 1 (compulsory)

Examiner:

Professor  Bernhard Mehlig



Eligibility:

For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Aim

The course concentrates on biological systems rather than the molecular level, and at how these can be studied using mathematical modelling and computer simulation. An understanding of this kind is essential to make the transition between genome sequences and the function of cells and organisms, and it will in a longer perspective be necessary for applications in biotechnology. Modelling and simulation are also essential tools for understanding biological systems at the scale of ecosystems, with applications for example to bioconservation.

Content

The course will in particular contain the following topics:
- evolutionary models
- gene regulation, models and data analysis.
- models of morphogenesis
- biological pattern formation.
- models of the function of the immune system, in particular HIV infection.
- computational neuroscience (biologically realistic neural network models).
- models and simulations in ecology - population dynamics, bioconservation.
The course contains several projects where students model and simulate a biological system.

Literature

Articles from the research literature. Recommen-ded reading: S.A. Kauffman, The origin of order, Oxford university press, 1993.
J.D. Murray, Mathematical Biology 2nd ed., Springer Verlag, 1993.
P.Yodzis, Introduction to theoretical ecology, Harper and Row, 1989.

Examination

Oral and written presentation of several projects during the course.


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