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Illinois Phys550 Molecular Biophysics

By Klaus Schulten

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Physical concepts governing the structure and function of biological macromolecules; general properties, spatial structure, energy levels, dynamics and functions, and relation to other complex physical systems such as glasses; recent research in biomolecular physics; physical techniques and concepts from theoretical physics emphasized. Designed for students without appreciable background in biology and chemistry.

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Klaus Schulten received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1974. He is Swanlund Professor of Physics and is also affiliated with the Department of Chemistry as well as with the Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology. Professor Schulten is a full-time faculty member in the Beckman Institute and directs the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group. His professional interests are theoretical physics and theoretical biology. His current research focuses on the structure and function of supramolecular systems in the living cell, and on the development of non-equilibrium statistical mechanical descriptions and efficient computing tools for structural biology.

Honors and awards: Award in Computational Biology 2008; Humboldt Award of the German Humboldt Foundation (2004); University of Illinois Scholar (1996); Fellow of the American Physical Society (1993); Nernst Prize of the Physical Chemistry Society of Germany (1981).

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References

1. Physical Biology of the Cell, Rob Phillips, Jane Kondev, Julie Theriot
2. Mechanics of Motor Proteins and Cytoskeleton, Joe Howard
3. Biological physics: Energy, Information, Life, Philip Nelson
4. Random Walk in Biology, Howard Berg

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  • Klaus Schulten (2010), "Illinois Phys550 Molecular Biophysics," http://nanohub.org/resources/8192.

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Illinois Phys550 Molecular Biophysics Lecture 2: Compartmentalization of Cells, Photosynthesis I View
Illinois Phys550 Molecular Biophysics Lecture 2: Compartmentalization of Cells, Photosynthesis II View
Illinois Phys550 Molecular Biophysics Lecture 3: Biomolecular Structure, Molecular Graphics Tutorial View
Illinois Phys550 Molecular Biophysics Lecture 4: Genomics, Bioinformatics Tutorial I
Video for this lecture is not available. Aquaporins / H2 with case study aquaporin water channels

Illinois Phys550 Molecular Biophysics Lecture 5: Genomics, Bioinformatics Tutorial II View
Ribosome / H3 with case study DNA and RNAH2

Illinois Phys550 Molecular Biophysics Lecture 6: Structure Analysis by X-ray and Electron Scattering I View
Illinois Phys550 Molecular Biophysics Lecture 7: Structure Analysis by X-ray and Electron Scattering II View
Illinois Phys550 Molecular Biophysics Lecture 8: Electron Microscopy, The Physical Foundation View
Illinois Phys550 Molecular Biophysics Lecture 8: Radiation Processes, Part 1 View
Illinois Phys550 Molecular Biophysics Lecture 9: Radiation Processes, Part 2 View
Illinois Phys550 Molecular Biophysics Lecture 10: Interaction of Radiation with Molecules View
Illinois Phys550 Molecular Biophysics Lecture 11: Two Photon Processes View
Illinois Phys550 Molecular Biophysics Lecture 12: Radiation Processes Light Scattering View
Illinois Phys550 Molecular Biophysics Lecture 13: Fluorescence Energy Transfer and Light Harvesting in Photosynthesis View
Illinois Phys550 Molecular Biophysics Lecture 14: Förster formula View
Illinois Phys550 Molecular Biophysics Lecture 15: Light Harvesting in Photosynthesis View
Illinois Phys550 Molecular Biophysics Lecture 16: Mechanical Function of Proteins View
Illinois Phys550 Molecular Biophysics Lecture 17: The Physics of the Neuron - Part I View
Illinois Phys550 Molecular Biophysics Lecture 18: The Physics of the Neuron - Part II View
Illinois Phys550 Molecular Biophysics Lecture 19: The Physics of the Neuron - Part III View
Illinois Phys550 Molecular Biophysics Lecture 20: Physics of Morphogenesis I View
Illinois Phys550 Molecular Biophysics Lecture 21: Optical Traps View
Illinois Phys550 Molecular Biophysics Lecture 22: Physics of Morphogenesis II View

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