This is an archived course. A more recent version may be available at ocw.mit.edu.
Prof. Leonid Mirny
Prof. Mehran Kardar
8.592J / HST.452J
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.
Mirny, Leonid, and Mehran Kardar. 8.592J Statistical Physics in Biology, Spring 2005. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-592j-statistical-physics-in-biology-spring-2005 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA