This page focuses on the course 8.591J Systems Biology as it was taught by Jeff Gore, Latham Family Career Development Assistant Professor of Physics in Fall 2014.
This course provides an introduction to cellular and population-level systems biology with an emphasis on synthetic biology, modeling of genetic networks, cell-cell interactions, and evolutionary dynamics.
In addition, each weekly problem had a computational problem, so prior experience with a computational package such as MATLAB®, Mathematica®, or Python was expected. The “officially supported” package was be Python (sample code, etc), but students were able to do problems in any language.
GIR Science Core, Biology
Every fall semester
The students' grades were based on the following activities:
Student enrollment was 26 in Fall 2014, and has ranged from 23-35 students in past years.
2/3 graduate, 1/3 undergraduate
1/3 physics, 1/3 biology, 1/3 biological engineering and chemistry
During an average week, students were expected to spend 12 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows:
In the following pages, Professor Jeff Gore describes various aspects of how he teaches 8.591J Systems Biology.