Master of Phsycis Biophysics Program
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Curriculum

Regular Lectures

Regular lectures are offered at least once in a 2-year cycle and while it is better to take them in below sequence, this is not always possible. This can be compensated by browsing through the published slides of the previous lectures.

  • BPZ – Biophysics of the Cell (3+1) 6 CP

    Architecture of cells, lipid membranes, signal transmission through nerves, bio-energetics, photo-biophysics, molecular recognition

  • BPM – Biophysics of Molecules (3+1) 6 CP

    Mechanics of Molecules: Basics of polymer physics, Bio-Rheology, Cytosceleton, Molecular Motors, Muscles, Organisation of the Genome / Chromatin

  • BPS – Biophysics of Systems (3+1) 6 CP

    Evolution, Pattern formation, Enzyme kinetics, Cell-cell communication, Chemotaxis, Gene regulation, Biochemical networks, synthetic biology

  • BPND – Nonlinear dynamical systems in Physics and Biology (4+2) 9 CP

    Introduction to the theory of nonlinear dynamical systems covering the emerging phenomena, the methods of analysis, and a broad spectrum of applications.
    Keywords: Stability analysis, Bifurcations, Limit Cycles, Index Theory, Normal Forms

  • BPSP – Stochastic Processes in Physics and Biology (4+2) 9 CP

    Introduction to the theory of stochastic processes and nonequilibrium statistical physics with many examples drawn from different areas of physics and biology.
    Keywords: Brownian Motion, Master equation, Stochastic differential equations, Fokker-Planck equations, Linear-Response Theory, Fluctuation-dissipation theorem

Special Lectures

Special lectures are offered at irregular intervals and can be taken in any sequence.

  • Theoretical Molecular Biophysics

    Theoretical basics and practical application of simulation techniques for biomolecules

  • Evolutionary dynamics and Darwinian DNA machines

    Seminar on the basics of molecular evolution

  • Pattern formation and development of multicellular organisms

    Introduction to biophysical models of embryonic and cellular development

  • Programming course in LabView and modelling in FEMLab for Biophysicists

    Hands on course on programming experimental setups with Labview and finite element modelling

  • Theory of Brain function

    Starting at the neuron and passing small neuronal assemblies we arrive at the organization and function of the cortex.

Seminars (2 SWS) 3 CP

Many of the lectures offer accompanying seminars. In addition, seminars on biophysics topics are offered on a regular basis to get students in touch with current topics in the field and get in touch with groups for possible Master thesis in biophysics. The aim is to get students in touch with the most recent literature in the field.

Biophysics Lab Classes (biophysics lab course block) 6, 9 or 12 CP

Biophysics lab classes take typically place only during the first weeks of the summer semester break. The are organized in a consecutive way and build up hand-on skills step by step:

BP lab Class 1 (some examples):

  • molecular structures and vibrationalspectra with quantum-chemical methods (Tavan)
  • the aptamer-thrombin bond measured thermophoretically (Braun)
  • FCS (Rädler)

BP Lab Class 2 (some examples):

  • Single Molecule FRET and Holiday Junction (Tinnefeld)
  • IR Spectroscopy (Zinth)
  • DNA Origami (Liedl)

BP Lab Class 3 (some examples):

  • Actin Myosin Motility Assay (Gaub)
  • GFP (Gaub)

Requirement for the LMU Biophysics Master Certificate

The requirements for the biophysics certificate are 18 CP Biophysics lectures and 6CP from either seminar or lab classes by one of the biophysics professors in conjunction with a master thesis supervised by one of the biophysics professors. For the compulsory lectures we have no strict recommendations but advanced statistical mechanics (9CP) and solid-state physics (9CP) seem to be a natural choice to supplement biophysics. For the elected lectures, we recommend the experimental lectures BPM, BPZ, and BPS (at best, but not necessary in this order), and at least one of the theoretical lectures BPND and BPSP. We recommend however for a really profound biophysics education to add 9 CP in lectures on related topics and 3 CP in Seminar/Lab class. The certificate is issued by the Examination Office.