Science guest lecture: Where physics meets biology: an introduction to current research on the application of biophysics to embryology

Course Dates: 30/01/20
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

How can the application of physics to biology help us to understand human development? It is an ongoing mystery how the complexity of an adult organism arises from a single fertilised egg cell. This problem has been studied extensively by biologists for centuries, and is now an active area of research for physicists as well. The field of biophysics aims to use the mathematical and computational tools of physics to understand how complex living creatures organise themselves. The key idea is that even something as complicated as a whole organism must still obey the laws of physics.

Max Kerr Winter is a theoretical biophysicist. He researches at the Francis Crick Institute, London, in collaboration with experimental biologists at the University of Cambridge.


What is the course about?

In this lecture Max Kerr Winter will discuss various ways in which physics and biology come together. He will focus on his work studying how forces are distributed and organised in the early mouse embryo, in order for the embryo to grow into the correct shape. He will give a broad explanation, aimed at a general audience, of the insights this research can give us into the development of human embryos.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a general interest course for people interested in new areas of scientific research.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Illustrated lecture followed by questions and discussion.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?


When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Look out for further Science guest lectures in our programme.


Book your place

Course Code: HS130

Thu, eve, 30 Jan - 30 Jan '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £15.00
Senior fee: £15.00
Concession: £15.00

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