6.021 Cellular Biophysics and Neurophysiology


Class Info

Integrated overview of the biophysics of cells from prokaryotes to neurons, with a focus on mass transport and electrical signal generation across cell membrane. First half of course focuses on mass transport through membranes: diffusion, osmosis, chemically mediated, and active transport. Second half focuses on electrical properties of cells: ion transport to action potentials in electrically excitable cells. Synaptic transmission. Electrical properties interpreted via kinetic and molecular properties of single voltage-gated ion channels. Laboratory and computer exercises illustrate the concepts. Students taking graduate version complete different assignments. Preference to juniors and seniors.

This class has 8.02, 18.03, 2.005, 6.002, 6.003, 6.071, 10.301, 20.110, and 20.111 as prerequisites.

6.021 will be offered this semester (Fall 2017). It is instructed by J. Han, T. Heldt and J. Voldman.

Lecture occurs 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in 32-144.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

In the Fall 2015 Subject Evaluations, 6.021 was rated 5.3 out of 7.0. You can find more information on MIT OpenCourseWare at the Quantitative Physiology: Cells and Tissues site or on the 6.021 Stellar site.

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