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2016 – Stochastic Biomodelling

Lecturer: Andrzej Mizera


  • Introduction
    • Stochasticity in biological processes
  • Prerequisite
    • Crash course on probability theory
  • Stochastic modelling of chemical kinetics
    • The chemical master equation (CME)
  • Stochastic simulation of the CME
    • Gillespie’s direct method algorithm
  • Practicals
    • Implementing the Gillespie’s algorithm in Matlab and demonstrating its characteristics on various biochemical systems; comparing the obtained simulation results with the solutions in the deterministic formulation

  • Credits: 2
  • Date and time:
    • 07.02.2016-19.02.2016,
    • 3 2h lectures first week,
    • 2 2h lectures the second week
  • Lecture hall:
    • Agora, XX

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Additional reading

  • Michael B. Elowitz, Arnold J. Levine, Eric D. Siggia, Peter S. Swain, “Stochastic Gene Expression in a Single Cell”, Science, 297, pp.1183, 2002, Link
  • Lipniacki T, Kimmel M., “Deterministic and stochastic models of NFkappaB pathway”, Cardiovasc Toxicol., 7(4):215-34. 2007, Link
  • Lipniacki T, Hat B, Faeder JR, Hlavacek WS, “Stochastic effects and bistability in T cell receptor signaling”, Journal of Theoretical Biology, 254, pp. 110– 122, 2008. Link
  • McAdams HH, Arkin A., “Stochastic mechanisms in gene expression”, PNAS, 94(3), pp.814-9, 1997. Link
  • Raj A, van Oudenaarden A., “Nature, nurture, or chance: stochastic gene expression and its consequences”, Cell., 135(2), pp. 216-26, 2008. Link
  • Daniel T Gillespie, “A general method for numerically simulating the stochastic time evolution of coupled chemical reactions”, Journal of Computational Physics, 22(4), pp. 403-434, 1976 Link