PHYS 320 / 420

Introduction to Biological Physics, Fall 2023


Course Overview

How do fundamental physical laws constrain life processes inside the cell, shaping biological function? This course explores the nonequilibrium statistical physics of cellular machines: the molecular motors driving cell movement, the chaperones that assist protein folding, the information-processing circuitry of genetic networks. We will introduce the theoretical models that underlie the latest research findings, and explore the challenges of understanding the stochastic dynamics of complex systems. A detailed list of topics can be found in the syllabus.

Instructor:  Michael Hinczewski  (,  homepage)
Lectures:  MWF 3:20 - 4:10pm, Rockefeller 304
Office hours:  Thurs. 12-1pm, Fri. 2:30-3pm, 4:15-5pm, Rockefeller 225C


The lecture notes will be the main reference for the course, supplemented by readings from recent research articles related to the problem sets.


Details will be covered in the first class.