Physical Biology of the Cell - Dresden 2022


It is a wonderful time to be thinking about the workings of the living world. Historic advances in molecular biology, structural biology and the use of biophysical techniques such as optical traps have provided an unprecedented window on the mechanics of the cell. The aim of this course is to study the cell and its components using whatever tools we need in order to make quantitative and predictive statements about cellular life. The main intellectual thread of the course will be the idea that the type of quantitative data which is becoming routine in biology calls for a corresponding quantitative modeling framework. The plan of this course is to elucidate general principles with exciting case studies.

Where and When?

Each day, the course will roughly proceed as outlined below. On occasion, we may insert computation sessions during the daytime based on the flow of discussion throughout the course.

Time Session
09h00 - 10h30 Lecture from Rob
10h30 - 11h00 Coffee Break
11h00 - 12h00 Lecture from Rob
12h00 - 13h00 Lunch Break
13h00 - 15h00 Lecture from Rob
15h00 - 15h30 Coffee Break
15h30 - 18h00 Lecture from Rob
18h00 - 19h00 Dinner Break
19h00 - 21h00 Computational Session with Tom

Course Syllabus

Below is a tentative outline of the topics covered each day. However, some material may be taught earlier or later in the schedule if the conversation helps steer teaching in a particular direction.

Day Topic
Monday, Oct. 3rd What sets the Scale of X?
Tuesday, Oct. 4th Null Hypothesis of the Living
Wednesday, Oct. 5th Dissecting a Frank J├╝licher Talk
Thursday, Oct. 6th The Secret of Life
Friday, Oct. 7th The Dreamer's Toolkit