Professor Nelson has developed the following courses:
Quantitative Physiology & Tissue Design (CBE 439/539)
This course covers the quantitative tools used to understand the human body. We examine cells, tissues, and organs using principles from engineering kinetics and transport processes. Topics include: cell physiology; organ system physiology (including the cardiovascular, renal, and respiratory systems); and pathophysiology.
Previously offered: Spring 2009 (4.5 rating; Commendation for Outstanding Teaching); Fall 2011
Physical Basis of Human Disease (CBE 440/540)
This course covers major diseases (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, infectious diseases), the physical changes that inflict morbidity and mortality, the design constraints for treatment, and emerging technologies that take into account these physical hurdles. We examine the mass transport and biophysical limitations of the human body and recent advances from the fields of drug delivery, gene therapy, tissue engineering, and nanotechnology.
Previously offered: Fall 2010 (4.7 rating; Commendation for Outstanding Teaching)
Next offered: Spring 2014
Professor Nelson also regularly teaches:
Quantitative Principles in Cell and Molecular Biology (MOL/EEB/CBE 215)
This course covers central concepts in cellular, molecular, and developmental biology with an emphasis on underlying physical and engineering principles. Topics include important insights into the genetic code; energetics and cellular organization; problems and solutions in development; and the organization of large cellular systems, such as the nervous and immune systems.
Offered every fall semester