[Comp-neuro] 2009 NSF/CSHL Computational Cell Biology Course

Chris Fall fall at uic.edu
Tue Feb 17 17:13:05 CET 2009

2009 NSF Computational Cell Biology Course at Cold Spring Harbor  
June 26 - July 16

Applications by March 15

Computational cell biology is the field of study that applied the  
mathematics of dynamical systems together with computer simulation  
techniques to the study of cellular processes. The field encompassed  
several topics that have been studied long enough to be well  
established in their own right such as calcium signaling, molecular  
motors and cell motility, the cell cycle, and gene expression during  
development. In addition to providing a recognizable larger community  
for topics such as these, this course provided a base for the  
development of newer areas of inquiry – for example the dynamics of  
intracellular second-messenger signaling, of programmed cell death, of  
mitotic chromosome movements, and of synthetic gene networks. Unlike  
computational genomics or bioinformatics, computational cell biology  
is focused on simulation of the molecular machinery (genes-proteins- 
metabolites) that underlie the physiological behavior (input-output  
characteristics) of living cells.

The three week course in Computational Cell Biology incorporated a  
series of didactic lectures on the mathematics of dynamical systems,  
computational simulation techniques, cell biology and molecular  
biology. Practicing theoreticians and experimentalists will rotate in  
for 1-3 day visits during the course to give lectures and interact  
with the students. Midway through the course, students selected an  
area for independent study, and the focus of the last week of the  
course was largely on these projects, supplemented by continued  
visiting lecturers.

Some scholarship support is available to students - see applications  

Further information can be found on the CSHL website:


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Chris Fall, Ph.D.
UIC BioEngineering
fall at uic.edu

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