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SK2510 Cellular Biophysics I 8.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SK2510 (Spring 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Membranes. Electrical and mechanical properties of cells. Active and passive transport of water, ions and metabolites. Measurement techniques for cell-physical parameters.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the student should be able to:

  • describe the fundamental physical principles that define the function of cells
  • define mathematical models describing the transport of water, ions and solutes in cells and over the cellular membranes
  • describe how water and ion homeostasis is maintained and affected by the microenvironment
  • calculate membrane potential in different cellular environments
  • perform measurements of some cell-physical parameters in living cells using microscopy based measurement techniques.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Mathematics corresponding to B2, D2, E2, F2, M2, T2. Basic physics and thermodynamics.

English B / English 6

Recommended prerequisites

SK2531 (Biomedicine for engineers) and SK2500 (Physics of Biomedical Microscopy) are recommended but not a prerequisite.

SK2530 (Introduction to biomedicine for engineers) and SK2500 (Physics of Biomedical Microscopy) are recommended but not a prerequisite.


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • INL1 - Assignments, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory Experiments, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 5.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Written exam (TEN1: 5 credits, grading scale A/B/C/D/E/Fx/F).
Hand in assignments (INL1; 1 credit, grading scale P/F).
Laboratory (LAB1; 2 credits, grading scale P/F).

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination



Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Biotechnology, Engineering Physics, Physics

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Marina Zelenina,

Supplementary information

The course is given for the last time VT18. Replaced by SK2512.