Summer School

CPBF Summer School 2018

June 11-22, 2018
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ USA

Scientific research into the function of living systems is becoming more and more analytical and interdisciplinary, yet few undergraduates are exposed to the physics of living systems in any systematic way. Some of the most compelling topics in biological physics are either existing but rarely discussed in the typical undergraduate physics curriculum (e.g. molecular forces and electrical models of the neuron) or are so new that they have not yet been integrated into most programs (e.g. collective behavior in biological systems). We have designed a two–week summer school aimed at rising senior undergraduates with a physics training to give them the background information and tools needed to tackle current and future topics in biological physics. Through a combination of in-depth lectures on scientific fields, pedagogical lectures on specific foundational subjects, current research seminars, and hands-on experience with problem solving and data analysis, students will be exposed to a large number of cutting-edge topics, stressing the interplay of theory and experiment.

Scientific Topics to be covered:

  • Development
  • Evolution
  • Genetic Networks
  • Neurobiology and Complex Behavior
  • Quorum Sensing and Bacterial Dynamics

Skills development in:

  • Data Analysis
  • Imaging and Microscopy
  • Simulation
  • Statistical Physics

Registration link and further details coming soon.