We decided it was high time to make a proper webpage to showcase
some of the great work done by our 'students' over the past two
years. All told, we have had two successful runs of the Biological
Physics Laboratory in the Applied Physics Department at Caltech (APh
162) and five week long intensive Bootcamps (August 2005, February
2006, October 2006, June 2007 and September 2007) which were
immensely successful. The latest Bootcamp also involved the entering
Bioengineering graduate students.
All of the courses are structured in a similar fashion - placing
emphasis on the spatial and temporal scales associated with
biological physics. We then center on molecular biology, gene
expression and subsequent protein translation in vivo.
The courses finish with each group taking on a novel project to
learn about a particular biological system, experimental method or
biological material. In the past these have taken the form of
optical trapping, sea urchin embryology, single-cell gene
expression, lipid membrane mechanics, listeria and keratocyte
motiliy, the developmental biology of dictyostelium, the dynamics
and forces involved in phagocytosis by macrophages, and many others..
The information on this site is designed to be an overview, not a
precise report of our results. We'd be happy to answer any specific
questions (see Contact).