Systems Biology studies in an integrated, quantitative manner the mechanisms by which cellular components, cell organisms and communities interact in space and time. A central concept in Systems Biology is that biological systems consist of dynamically interacting networks. This holds for different levels of organization, from genes on chromosomes, through microbes interacting with a host and up to species in large ecosystems. At each level there are networks with feedbacks and crosstalk. The core of the methodological approaches is the close interaction between modelling and experiment. Mathematical models help to identify the key elements that describe and predict the biology of real organisms in real environments. The models seek simplification and explanation of biological processes and are used to formulate new hypotheses and design new experiment which outcomes may (and mostly) require adjustments of the model.
The minor Systems Biology covers this topic from gene to ecosystem.
After successful completion of this minor students are expected to be able to:
- understand the basics of Systems Biology approaches in biological systems;
- understand that the whole of a biological system is more than the sum of the parts;
- apply systems approaches to simple biological systems;
- apply model driven experimentation to solve biological questions;
- analyse biological systems in a systems-wide manner;
- evaluate and describe results concisely in an oral presentation and in a written report.
BSc Minor Coordinator
Prof. dr V.A.P. Martins dos Santos
This minor is interesting for WU-students of the Life Science BSc-programmes Biology, Animal Sciences, Plant Sciences, Molecular Life Sciences, Biotechnology. Also for non-WU students, Dutch or international, who are interested in a systems biology approach to the Life Sciences.