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Mathematical Models in Systems Biology

Biological systems such as cells, regulatory gene networks and protein interaction complexes cannot be understood from reflections on the individual components (genes, mRNA, proteins etc) alone, but must be understood through considerations involving all components at the same time. Naturally, that places heavy demands on the way we perceive the system. Systems biology is concerned with modelling the dynamics of biological systems at a "systems level", i.e. by considering the interactions of all the components of a system rather than the isolated properties of the components. This course will present mathematical techniques for modelling dynamic systems in this context, with the main focus on stochastic modelling and computer simulation techniques for analysing dynamical systems.


The participants must at the end of the course be able to:

  • Describe and implement simple models of Systems Biology.
  • Use computer implementations of models of System Biology to perform calculations and relate the calculations to real data.
  • Explain and discuss the use of models in Systems Biology.

Instances of the course


Thomas Mailund and Carsten Wiuf

Official course description

Read the official course description at the university course catalogue