Math 793I. SPTP: Spatial Simulation in Bio-Molecular Systems

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A course on spatial stochastic (Monte Carlo) simulations of molecular processes in living cells. The course might be of interest to those who took one or both semesters of Mathematical Systems Biology in the past years. However, this course is meant to be self contained, and pre-requisite knowledge is some familiarity with dynamical systems, basic multivariate calculus and probability. We will spend a few classes on basic models in systems biology and (a superficial) summary of chemical reaction systems. The core course focuses on the connection between the continuum picture (reaction-diffusion systems represented by PDE) and the behavior of individual particles. The ideas behind these simulation methods are quite general, and might be useful in other applications. Students proficient in programming will have the option of choosing projects that center on writing simulation programs.