Statistical Physics in Biology

a sphere composed of different colors of tubes coiled together.

An example of a fractal globule is shown in the illustration above (Image courtesy of Professor Leonid Mirny, used with permission).


MIT Course Number

8.592J / HST.452J

As Taught In

Spring 2011



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Statistical Physics in Biology is a survey of problems at the interface of statistical physics and modern biology. Topics include: bioinformatic methods for extracting information content of DNA; gene finding, sequence comparison, and phylogenetic trees; physical interactions responsible for structure of biopolymers; DNA double helix, secondary structure of RNA, and elements of protein folding; considerations of force, motion, and packaging; protein motors, membranes. We also look at collective behavior of biological elements, cellular networks, neural networks, and evolution.

Kardar, Mehran, and Leonid Mirny. 8.592J Statistical Physics in Biology, Spring 2011. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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