This course attempts to overview fundamental principles of cellular control. Cell cycle control is a major theme. Biological and physical concepts will be brought to bear on control systems in healthy cells, largely based in studies using model organisms. Concepts are related to human cells with relevance to disease (cancer), but disease and cancer are not a focus of this course. It should be remembered that understanding what constitutes a healthy system, and how that state is maintained, is just as critical as understanding the basis of disease. This course is designed with the understanding that students come from both the biological/biomedical sciences and physical sciences and thus the material covered must be accessible to all regardless of their background.
Cell cycle control
Switches, thresholds in biological systems
Symmetry and symmetry breaking
Organization of cellular systems
Methods of analysis