Netherlands, Utrecht

Introduction into Quantitative Biology

when 6 July 2015 - 10 July 2015
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 ECTS
fee EUR 350

Discoveries in the biological sciences increasingly require combining sophisticated technologies, quantitative measurements, and theoretical approaches such as bioinformatics, mathematical modelling and computer simulations. Hence, modern Life Sciences research faces the challenge to integrate different scientific disciplines and foster collaborative projects between biologists, chemists, physicists, computer scientists and mathematicians to make biology a quantitative natural science discipline. This course gives you a one week introduction into the approaches and research questions in this modern field of “quantitative biology”. We aim at students having completed a bachelor program in any of the sciences with a genuine interest in interdisciplinary work.

Teachers in this school are (1) members of the Institute for Biodynamics and Complexity (IBB), (2) affiliates of the IBB with a biology, math, physics, chemistry or computerscience background, and (3) invited experts in quantitative biology. Lecturers will start at an introductory level and will end with presenting their current research. Classes will involve lectures on modern biology, biophysics, and microscopy. In the afternoons there will be hands-on computer practicals, practicals on the analysis of microscopy images and videos, and journal clubs. The school provides an introduction to our graduate program in quantitative biology (QBio-CLS). Interested students can later enrol in our QBio honors program that ends with the opportunity to write a PhD proposal for the QBio-CLS program.

Course leader

Prof.dr. Rob J. de Boer (Theoretical Biology UU)

Target group

Students having completed their bachelor in Science with a keen interest in interdisciplinary modern biology.

Course aim

Introduce students from the sciences into interdisciplinary work in modern biology.

Credits info

1.5 ECTS
+ certificate of attendance

Fee info

EUR 350: Including housing
EUR 150: Excluding housing


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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