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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Physics of Molecular Diseases

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Block 2
Programme level Full Degree Master
Course responsible
  • Ala Trusina (7-767477756b70634270646b306d7730666d)
  • The Niels Bohr Institute
Course number: NFYK14009U

Course content

Diseases are complex dynamical processes, that are often caused by disregulations at the molecular and cellular levels. With the current developments in biology and physics we are at the point where quantitative description and understanding of these processes becomes crucial for treatment and disease prevention.

In this course we will get an overview of where and how physics approaches are contributing to the understanding of the diseases.

Through lectures, article discussions and related computer exercises we will see how simple quantitative models are becoming a powerful tool in understanding not only the causes of isolated diseases, but also uncover similarities across them.

Learning outcome

Build and analyze quantitative models of biological systems both at the level of molecular regulatory networks and cell populations. Perform computer simulations of the corresponding models. Critical reading of articles at the cross of several disciplines: biology, physics, mathematics and medicine.

Learn how physics toolbox can be applied for solving a number of interesting, real-world disease related problems including : aggregation processes in protein misfolding diseases (e.g. Parkinson, Alzheimers); excitable media in Heart Arrhythmia and Inflammation; negative feedbacks and separation of time-scales in Type 2 diabetes, diffusion and networks in spreading of Infectious diseases.

Quantitative understanding of the basic mechanisms behind a variety of the diseases.

In addition the student will develop an intuition where physics approach can be able to relevant understanding the causes for onset and progression of the disease.

Recommended prerequisites

Knowledge of Matlab or other programming language.


It is expected that the student brings laptop with Matlab or other programming environment installed.

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M.Sc. Programme in Physics


Study Board of Physics, Chemistry and Nanoscience

Course type

Single subject courses (day)


1 block


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Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, exercises and paper discussion.


30 students




Course notes in form of power point slides.

Additional reading material will be posted on Absalon.


Category Hours
Lectures 32
Exercises 48
Study Groups 12
Preparation 114
English 206


Type of assessment

Oral examination, 20 minutes
Oral exam, 20 minutes per person

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

see learning outcome

Censorship form

No external censorship
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