20.320 Biomolecular Kinetics and Cell Dynamics

Spring 2006

Michaelis-Menten plot.
This plot of velocity vs. substrate concentration is based on the Michaelis-Menten equation. The Michaelis-Menten constant, KM, is the substrate concentration at which the enzyme reaction proceeds at half the maximum velocity. (Figure by MIT OCW.)

Course Highlights

This course features a full set of assignments.

Course Description

This class covers analysis of kinetics and dynamics of molecular and cellular processes across a hierarchy of scales, including intracellular, extracellular, and cell population levels; a spectrum of biotechnology applications are also taken into consideration. Topics include gene regulation networks; nucleic acid hybridization; signal transduction pathways; and cell populations in tissues and bioreactors. Emphasis is placed on experimental methods, quantitative analysis, and computational modeling.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .m.

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Prof. Douglas Lauffenburger
Prof. Forest White

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1 hour / session

One session / week
1 hour / session