Biological and Medical Physics, PHY 615, Fall 2007

Instructor: Prof. Liviu Movileanu
Office: Room 211 Physics Bldg.; Phone: 443-8078 (Office); Phone: 443-0249 (Lab); E-mail:

Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00 - 3:00 P.M. in Room 211 Physics Bldg.

Lectures: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 A.M. - 12:20 P.M.
Location: Room B126 (The basement level), Physics Building

Administrative Assistant: Mrs. Diane B. M. Sanderson
Office: 201-A Physics: Phone: 443-5958; E-mail:


Biological and Medical Physics (PHY 615, 3 credits) is a one-semester graduate level course intended for students from physical, chemical, and biomedical sciences. Graduate students enrolled in the Structural Biology, Biochemistry and Biophysics Program (SB3), or those from the Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences Programs (SUNY-ESF) are very welcome. Note that this is not a course to teach either "biology for physicists" or "physics for biologists." Instead, the emphasis will be on selected "hot topics" that lie at the interface between physical, chemical, and biomedical sciences. The primary aim is to have an overview of fundamental biophysical research questions, as well as recent experimental developments and techniques that engage multidisciplinary efforts. In addition, we will discuss "applicative topics" of biological physics in several realms, including nanobiotechnology, biosensors, drug delivery, and medical imaging. Therefore, much of the content of PHY 615 will be presented in a nontraditional manner. Finally, from a practical point of view, the Biological and Medical Physics course will establish strategies for people with complementary backgrounds who are working, or who intend to work, in multidisciplinary areas.

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A very potent weapon created by bacteria, staphylococcal alpha-hemolysin, is converted into an unusual nanostructure that can be further used for the temperature-controlled release of drugs from lipid vesicles. Left panel: wild-type (unmodified) channel. Right panel: genetically engineered alpha-hemolysin channel with a single temperature-responsive elastin-like peptide.


1. Syllabus PHY 615

2. Class Roster PHY 615

3. Timetable/Lectures PHY 615

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