Mathematical biophysics

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Mathematical biophysics is a subfield of both biophysics and mathematical biology focusing of physical and physico-chemical mechanisms involved in physiological functions of living organisms, as well as the molecular structures supporting such physiological functions.

The earlier stages of mathematical biology were dominated by mathematical biophysics, that was then described as the application of mathematics in biophysics, often involving specific physical/mathematical models of biosystems and their components or compartments.

Specific research areas of current interest in mathematical biophysics are, for example:

Biophysics Course

A published monograph that included 390 references to peer-reviewed articles in mathematical and computational biophysics by a large number of authors is currently available for download as an updated PDF [4][5]


A syllabus of studies in mathematical biophysics at the university level may include a combination of courses, such as:

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  • G. Forgacs and S. A. Newman, Biological Physics of the Developing Embryo. C.U.P., 2005. ISBN 0-521-78337-2
  • A. Goldbeter, Biochemical oscillations and cellular rhythms. C.U.P., 1996. ISBN 0-521-59946-6
  • L.G. Harrison, Kinetic theory of living pattern. C.U.P., 1993. ISBN 0-521-30691-4
  • Hertel, H. 1963. Structure, Form, Movement. New York: Reinhold Publishing Corp.
  • N.G. van Kampen, Stochastic Processes in Physics and Chemistry, North Holland., 3rd ed. 2001, ISBN 0-444-89349-0
  • I. C. Baianu., Computer Models and Automata Theory in Biology and Medicine., Monograph, Ch.11 in M. Witten (Editor), Mathematical Models in Medicine, vol. 7., Vol. 7: 1513-1577 (1987),Pergamon Press:New York, (updated by Hsiao Chen Lin in 2004 ISBN 0-08-036377-6
  • S.H. Strogatz, Nonlinear dynamics and Chaos: Applications to Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering. Perseus, 2001, ISBN 0-7382-0453-6
  • N.G. van Kampen, Stochastic Processes in Physics and Chemistry, North Holland., 3rd ed. 2001, ISBN 0-444-89349-0
  • L.A. Segel, Modeling dynamic phenomena in molecular and cellular biology. C.U.P., 1984. ISBN 0-521-27477-X
  • Vogel, S. 1988. Life's Devices: The Physical World of Animals and Plants. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

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