Mathematical techniques in biology and medicine

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01MBM Z,ZK 3 2+1
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Department of Mathematics

Spatially independent models; enzyme kinetics; excitable system; reaction-diffusion equations; travelling waves; pattern formation; conditions for Turing instability, the effect of domain size; the concept of stability in PDEs, spectrum of a linear operator, semigroups.


Basic courses on mathematical analysis and linear algebra, functional analysis, equations of mathematical physics (01MAN, 01MAA2-4, 01LAL, 01LAA2, 01RMF, 01FA1, 01FA2.)

Syllabus of lectures:

1. Spatially independent models: single and multispecies interacting models including their analysis (discrete and continuous).

2. Enzyme kinetics (law of mass action) and non-equilibrium thermodynamics.

3. Excitable systems - a model for nerve pulses (Fitzhugh-Nagumo); theory of bifurcations and dynamical systems


4. The influence of space (reaction-diffusion equations).

5. Diffusion equation - derivation, solution, possible modification, penetration depth, long-range diffusion.

6. Travelling waves.

7. Pattern formation - diffusion-driven instability (Turing instability), the effect of domain size.

8. Concept of stability in evolution equations in form of partial differential equations, connection to spectrum and brief touching upon theory of semigroups.

Syllabus of tutorials:

Outline of excercises follows outline of the course. For analysis of models and eventual plotting of results and solutions, symbolic mathematical programs will be used (as Mathematica, Maple).

Study Objective:


To gain deeper insight into acquired knowledge and concepts from the whole study by their usage in constructing and analysis of models in biology.


deeper insight into acquired knowledge and terms from study; formulation and analysis of biological models.

Study materials:

Key references:

1. L. Edelstein-Keshet - Mathematical Models in Biology, SIAM, 2005.

2. G. de Vries, T. Hillen, M. Lewis, J. Muller, B. Schonfisch - A Course in Mathematical Biology, SIAM, 2006.

3. J. D. Murray - Mathematical Biology: I. An Introduction, Springer, 2002.

4. J. D. Murray - Mathematical Biology II: Spatial Models and Biomedical Applications, Springer, 2014.

5. J. Crank - The mathematics of diffusion. Oxford university press, 1979.

Recommended references:

6. J. Keener, J. Sneyd - Mathematical Physiology, I: Cellular Physiology, Springer, 2009.

7. W. Rudin - Analyza v komplexním a reálném oboru, Academia, Praha 2003.

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