SK3511 Cellular Biophysics II 6.0 credits

Den biologiska cellens fysik II

The course covers the electrical properties of biological cells.

  • Education cycle

    Third cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

Information for research students about course offerings

Study period 4.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the students should:

  • have a good knowledge about the electrical properties of living cells
  • be well familiar with the mathematical models describing membrane graded and action potentials
  • have a deep insight into the modern electrophysiological measurement techniques

Course main content

The course is given as a series of seminars where the participants make presentations and take an active role in discussions. The topics to be discussed: electrical properties of the cells, action potentials, models describing potentials generated in the cells (core conductor model, cable model, Hodgkin-Huxley model), propagation of electrical signals in neurons, voltage gated ion channels.


Seminars: 24 h
Laboratory exercises: 8 h


Enrolled PhD student.

Recommended prerequisites

SK3530 (Introduction to Biomedicine), SK3500 (Physics of Biomedical Microscopy) anf SK3510 (Cellular Biophysics I) are recommended.


Weiss T. F. Cellular Biophysics, volume 2, MIT Press, 1997


  • INL1 - Assignments, 1.5 credits, grade scale: P, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1.5 credits, grade scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, grade scale: P, F

Requirements for final grade

INL1 - hand-in assignments, 1.5 university credits, grading P/F.
FÖR1 - deepening task, 1.0 university credits, grading P/F.
LAB1 - laborations, 1.5 university credits, grading P/F.
SEM1 - seminars, 1.0 university credits, grading P/F.
SEM2 - seminar, 1.0 university credits, grading P/F.

Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics


Marina Zelenina,


Hjalmar Brismar <>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2014.