8.593J Biological Physics


Class Info

Designed to provide seniors and first-year graduate students with a quantitative, analytical understanding of selected biological phenomena. Topics include experimental and theoretical basis for the phase boundaries and equation of state of concentrated protein solutions, with application to diseases such as sickle cell anemia and cataract. Protein-ligand binding and linkage and the theory of allosteric regulation of protein function, with application to proteins as stores as transporters in respiration, enzymes in metabolic pathways, membrane receptors, regulators of gene expression, and self-assembling scaffolds. The physics of locomotion and chemoreception in bacteria and the biophysics of vision, including the theory of transparency of the eye, molecular basis of photo reception, and the detection of light as a signal-to-noise discrimination.

This class has 8.044 as a prerequisite.

8.593J will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by G. Benedek.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This is a graduate-level class.

In the Spring 2010 Subject Evaluations, 8.593J was rated 5.5 out of 7.0. You can find more information at the MIT Department of Physics site.

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