Biological Physics


Undergraduate Teaching

Students with an interest in our research may consider choosing some of the following physics courses at UCL:

This course provides an introduction to biophysics of the human body. It forms part of the Physics with Medical Physics (BSc), Medical Physics (MSci) and Natural Sciences (BSc and MSci) undergraduate degrees.

The aim of this course is to provide a useful and exciting course on lasers and modern optics, relevant for various biophysical techniques, with insight into non-linear processes and modern applications of lasers. It requires knowledge of quantum physics and atomic physics to second year level.

The purpose of this module is to demonstrate that we have mathematical tools and physical intuition with which to describe complicated time-dependent systems. In many treatments, the scope of statistical physics is limited to equilibrium systems, but this is only half the story. We shall start with equilibrium, but the prime objective is to discuss nonequilibrium phenomena such as cooling, diffusion and fluctuation-driven barrier crossing phenomena such as first order phase transitions. We give particular attention to foundational issues in statistical physics, such as the paradox of irreversibility emerging out of reversible mechanics, and of course the process of entropy production and the second law of thermodynamics. 

The students will be given background in Physical theories developed specifically for understanding Biological Systems. As these systems function out of equilibrium, very different and novel physical properties emerge that are not covered by classical physics.

The course will provide the students with insights in the physical concepts of some of the most fascinating processes that have been discovered in the last decades: those underpinning the molecular machinery of the biological cell. These concepts will be introduced and illustrated by a wide range of phenomena and processes in the cell, including bio-molecular structure, DNA packing in the genome, mechanics of the cytoskeleton, molecular motors and neural signaling.