One of the fundamental issues in biology is the understanding of the relationship between the multiple spatial and temporal scales observed in a biological system. From molecules to a cellular function, from a collection of cells to an organism, or from individuals to a population, the complex interactions between singular elements can give rise to “emergent” properties at the ensemble level. To what extent can the spatial and temporal order seen at the system level be explained by subscale properties?
This interdisciplinary workshop has the goal to bring together biologists and physicists
interested in cellular membranes their function their quantitative description and their
interactions with the cell (During three focus session the 5 invited experts will provide in depth
training by giving lectures each that will span from general introduction to cutting edge
research results. We have typically a biologist and a physicist that work on similar questions for each session and we intend to attract participants from both disciplines (There will be extra time for
close discussions between participants and lecturers)
Biological membranes are key structures in cell biology as they act as interface, information transmitters, mechanical support and gatekeeper. The whole course is organized to give the participants the biological background and the physical toolbox to understand and advance our current understanding of biological membranes.