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Organelles and Cells: Lectures

The module aims to equip students with the conceptual, theoretical and computational skills required for the analysis and engineering of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organelles and cells.

Students will learn to solve scientific problems in this area by integrating concepts and approaches from different scientific disciplines, including biology, physics, chemistry and computing, with the underlying mathematics serving as a common language.

After completing the module, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply creative analytical thinking in order to frame incisive, tractable scientific questions, especially about the structures, functions and mechanisms of cells and cellular organelles.
  • Demonstrate a grasp of physical law as it applies to the structures and behaviours of living cells and their organelles, especially nuclei.
  • Use mathematical approaches to solve problems relating to the structure and behaviours of living cells and their organelles.
  • Describe and discuss the mechanisms by which life harnesses electrical forces
  • Describe and discuss how chemical biology can be used to interrogate the mechanisms of life.

Course leader
Masanori Mishima



10 weeks (40 hours of teaching time)

Teaching methods

1 hour lecture followed by a break and a classroom-based supervised problem solving session of up to 1 hour, applying/extending what has been learnt in the earlier session.

1.5-hour written examination (taken at the end of the academic year)