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Theoretical Biophysics

Summer Semester 2004


Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Volkhard Helms

Tutors: Dr. Tihamér Geyer, Dr. Alexander Spaar

Lecture: Wednesday, 9:00 am - 11:00 am, building 45, HS 003

Tutorial:

Audience: Special lecture (Life science category) for B.Sc. and M.Sc. students of bioinformatics and for interested students from other disciplines.

Requirements: Fundamentals of quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics. Some biological background recommended.

Contents:

Introduction
  1. Structure and dynamics of biological macromolecules
  2. Forces and interactions
  3. Introduction to methods in theoretical molecular biophysics
Bioenergetics
  1. Membrane channels and transporters
  2. Theory of proton transfer processes + computational methods
  3. Theory of electron transfer + computational methods
Photophysical processes in biomolecules
  1. Introduction into quantum chemical computations of electronic excitations
  2. Cis/trans isomerisation of electronically excited retinal in rhodopsin
  3. Excitation model for light absorption in purple bacteria
Theoretical protein folding studies
  1. Folding funnel
  2. Lattice simulations
  3. All atom simulations
  4. Advanced sampling methods

Condition for certification: Oral examination

Leistungspunkte: 5 (2 V + 1 Ü)

This course is taught in English language.
1st Lecture: April 21 ppt pdf
2nd Lecture: April 28 pdf
3rd Lecture: May 5 ppt pdf
4th Lecture: May 12 ppt pdf
5th Lecture: May 19 ppt pdf
6th Lecture: May 26 ppt pdf
7th Lecture: June 2 ppt pdf
8th Lecture: June 9 ppt pdf
9th Lecture: June 16 ppt pdf
10th Lecture: June 23 ppt pdf
11th Lecture: June 30 ppt pdf
12th Lecture: July 7 ppt pdf