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Summer school “Economic principles in cell biology” - Paris, July 4-6, 2022

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Information about the following 2nd summer school (2023) can be found here.

Along with our open book project “Economic principles in cell biology”, we organized a 3-day block course at the Learning Planet Institute Paris (previously CRI) in July 2022. In the book project, which started in early 2021, an international group of about 30 researchers is currently drafting chapters for an open textbook on cellular physiology and resource allocation principles. We plan to make this book a practical resource for teaching.
The summer school targeted undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral researchers with a natural sciences background (including biological sciences, physics, engineering, or mathematics). The lectures followed the general scope of the planned book. Holding the lectures helped us streamline the chapters towards teaching, and to prepare a first set of lecture slides, which can later be extended. We also hope to get feedback from students for improving the book, and to recruit students or colleagues for participating in our project. We plan to organise other summer schools in the future, with new topics and based on advanced versions of our book.

Lecture slides

1. Exploring the economy of the cell

2. What makes up a cell?

3. Optimality problems in cells

4. A dynamic view of metabolism

5. Balanced growth

6. Flux Balance Analysis

7. The cost of metabolic pathways

8. Optimal metabolic states

9. Self-replicator models (slides) (notes)

10. Resource allocation models

11. Optimal cell behavior in time

Financial support