Introduction to biophysics

Carsten Beta (Uni Potsdam, Physics)

Biophysics is an interdisciplinary field that combines the classical disciplines of physics and biology. While biology examines all forms of life in its diversity and complexity, physics concentrates on the mathematical laws and quantitative descriptions of simple, often idealized systems. The central challenge of biophysics is to build a bridge between the basic physical principles on the one hand and the complexity of living nature on the other. The lecture gives an introduction to the basic concepts of cellular biophysics. In addition to general principles, we will the focus on processes on the micro- and nanometer scale. Covered topics include thermodynamic principles, entropic effects, diffusion, molecular motors, and hydrodynamics at low Reynolds number.

  • Place: Institute of Physics and Astronomy, room 2.28.1.001
  • Duration: From Oct. 9 to Oct. 13, 10:15 - 15:30 h
  • Contact: beta@uni-potsdam.de