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Quantitative biology: where modern biology meets physical sciences.

Shekhar S, Zhu L, Mazutis L, Sgro AE, Fai TG, Podolski M - Mol. Biol. Cell (2014)

Bottom Line: They involve making accurate measurements to test a predefined hypothesis in order to compare experimental data with predictions generated by theoretical models, an approach that has benefited physicists for decades.First, graduate training needs to be revamped to ensure biology students are adequately trained in physical and mathematical sciences and vice versa.We present the annual Physiology Course organized at the Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, MA) as a case study for a hands-on training program that gives young scientists the opportunity not only to acquire the tools of quantitative biology but also to develop the necessary thought processes that will enable them to bridge the gap between these disciplines.

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Affiliation: Cytoskeleton Dynamics and Motility Group, LEBS, CNRS, 91190 Gif-sur-Yvette, France Cytoskeleton Dynamics and Motility Group, LEBS, CNRS, 91190 Gif-sur-Yvette, France shekhar@lebs.cnrs-gif.fr.

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Participants in the 2014 Physiology Course at the MBL at Woods Hole.
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Figure 4: Participants in the 2014 Physiology Course at the MBL at Woods Hole.

Mentions: The authors thank Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz for her encouragement and valuable input in the writing of this article as well as for successfully organizing the 2014 Physiology Course along with Wallace Marshall and Rob Phillips. The authors also thank all their fellow course-mates of the Physiology Course (Figure 4), the instructors, and the teaching assistants for helping create such a highly stimulating and dynamic scientific environment at the course.The authors acknowledge the support of the entire organizing team of the course and the staff at the MBL. We also thank our respective mentors at our home labs for encouraging and facilitating our participation in the course.


Quantitative biology: where modern biology meets physical sciences.

Shekhar S, Zhu L, Mazutis L, Sgro AE, Fai TG, Podolski M - Mol. Biol. Cell (2014)

Participants in the 2014 Physiology Course at the MBL at Woods Hole.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 4: Participants in the 2014 Physiology Course at the MBL at Woods Hole.
Mentions: The authors thank Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz for her encouragement and valuable input in the writing of this article as well as for successfully organizing the 2014 Physiology Course along with Wallace Marshall and Rob Phillips. The authors also thank all their fellow course-mates of the Physiology Course (Figure 4), the instructors, and the teaching assistants for helping create such a highly stimulating and dynamic scientific environment at the course.The authors acknowledge the support of the entire organizing team of the course and the staff at the MBL. We also thank our respective mentors at our home labs for encouraging and facilitating our participation in the course.

Bottom Line: They involve making accurate measurements to test a predefined hypothesis in order to compare experimental data with predictions generated by theoretical models, an approach that has benefited physicists for decades.First, graduate training needs to be revamped to ensure biology students are adequately trained in physical and mathematical sciences and vice versa.We present the annual Physiology Course organized at the Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, MA) as a case study for a hands-on training program that gives young scientists the opportunity not only to acquire the tools of quantitative biology but also to develop the necessary thought processes that will enable them to bridge the gap between these disciplines.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Cytoskeleton Dynamics and Motility Group, LEBS, CNRS, 91190 Gif-sur-Yvette, France Cytoskeleton Dynamics and Motility Group, LEBS, CNRS, 91190 Gif-sur-Yvette, France shekhar@lebs.cnrs-gif.fr.

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