The workshop will give the participants hands-on experience in the cutting edge of biology and computational modeling of complex biological systems. Modeling requires familiarity with concepts from numerous fields including Mathematics, Computer Science, and, naturally, Biology. Unfortunately, relatively few professional scientists can claim to be equally proficient in all of these fields. Our hope is that the workshop will inspire a new generation of scientists who will one day use modeling to solve some of the most challenging open problems in Biology. The following references are provided as background material.
- Workshop Tutorial: Electrical Signaling in Excitable Cells
- Workshop Tutorial: Numerical Integration
- The Virtual Heart
- The Hodgkin-Huxley Model of Action Potentials in Neurons
- Animation: How Facilitated Diffusion Works
- Nernst-Goldman Equation Simulator
- Wikipedia on Action Potentials
- Action Potential Animation
- Workshop Tutorias: Differential Equations and Numerical Integration
- Ermentrout, G. B. and Terman, D. H.(2010) Mathematical Foundations of Neuroscience: The Hodgkin-Huxley Equations, Chapter 1.
- Euler Method
Using a Mac
Notes on Reading Wikipedia articles
Several of the above links take you to wikipedia articles. You may be concerned about the credibility of these articles. If you are, it may be somewhat surprising to you that the quality of the technical articles tends to be quite good, especially in fields where there is neither political controversy nor strong economic interest.
Sometimes, you can get some feeling for the quality of a wikipedia article by clicking on the "Discussion" tab that appears at the top of the article. You will see that most of the above articles are part of larger efforts to systematize the information in major areas of knowledge such as "Molecular and Cellular Biology" and "Medicine".
Be a little slow to follow links, they can get you totally distracted; you might read through an article first to get the general sense, and then go back and follow links that look interesting or helpful.
Last modified: Oct 13, 2011