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Mathematical Modeling in the Biosciences

Mathematical Modeling in the Biosciences

The course is a mathematical and computational exploration of five diverse areas of biology: human locomotion, gene sequence analysis, signal transduction pathways involved in cancer, neurophysiology and neuroanatomy. Each biological topic is introduced by a guest speaker whose research is relevant to the given topic. We cover simple mathematical techniques to quantify such systems, and discuss how to describe the key components of a biological process mathematically. The course emphasizes the relevance of mathematical and computational tools to approaching biological questions and how to interpret mathematical results in the context of these problems. Key mathematical concepts of the course are: integration, phase- plane analysis and introductory notions from graph theory. The course is... Show More
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