In this course we attempt to describe with equations the transport properties of biological cells. For this purpose one needs to learn which molecules can be transported across cellular membranes and which mechanisms are used for this transport.
Based on this knowledge, one should be able to choose the relevant mathematical models to describe the transport of water and solutes within the cells and through the cellular membranes. This would allow us to predict how water and solute homeostasis of the cells, as well as the membrane potential, are affected by the cell microenvironment.
We will test some of these predictions in our laboratory, by running confocal microscopy based measurements in living cells and analyzing the real measurement data.