Mathematical Cell Biology Graduate (Web-Based) Summer Course

  • Start Date: 05/01/2012
  • End Date: 05/31/2012

Instructor: Leah Edelstein-Keshet


Guest Lecturers: Dimitrios Vavylonis, Jun Allard, William R. Holmes, Raibatak (Dodo) Das

(with seminars by Daniel Coombs, Eric Cytrynbaum and UBC faculty)


University of British Columbia


Tentative list of topics


   Pattern formation and cellular polarization

   Intracellular signaling

   Microscopy methods and biological data analysis 

   Biopolymers and assembly kinetics 

   Buckling, bending, stretching, twisting: mechanical models

   for cells.

   Microtubule and actin: structure and dynamics 

   Actin-based polymerization ratchet 

   Molecular motors 

   Mechanics of cell division 

   Bacterial chemotaxis 

   Motility of animal cells and cell shape 

   Continuum, discrete, and simulation models of cell



The course will be taught at UBC (Math 563) as an online course, with web-based material, archived and live lectures and interactive discussion sessions.


The relevant biological topics and mathematical background needed to understand current research in mathematical cell biology will be taught as part of this intensive course. Some background in (undergraduate) differential equations (ODEs, PDEs) will be assumed.


Interested students can take this course for credit at UBC (or at the affiliated western universities under the Western Dean's agreement). 

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Live lectures will take place weekday mornings between 9:30-12:30 (Pacific Time) in room WMAX 216 at 1933 West Mall, University of British Columbia. Local students are strongly encouraged to participate "live".

Other Information: 

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