Your project will entail building a framework for modelling continuous biophysical/biochemical/ biological processes using analog computing formalism.
In recent years, analog computers have proven to be much more efficient at simulating biological systems than digital computers. Among the numerous advantage of the analog — rather than digital — circuits are that they could enable models of biological systems that are i) more efficient;
ii) more accurate and iii) easier to build. Treated as an analog device, a single transistor has an infinite range of possible conductivities, so it is capable of modelling an infinite range of chemical concentrations. But treated as a binary switch, a transistor has only two possible states, so modelling a large range of concentrations requires a whole bank of transistors. For large circuits which model sequences of reactions within the cell, binary logic rapidly becomes unmanageably complex. But analog circuits do not. Indeed, analog circuits exploit the same physical phenomena which make the cellular machinery so incredibly efficient in the first place.
Your work will point the way toward electronic simulations of biological systems that not only are simpler to build and more accurate, but run much more efficiently. You will also lay foundation for a new framework for analysing and designing biochemical processes governing cell behaviour.
You will join the Team dedicated to the discovery of mechanisms, methods and paradigms for the development of computational methods pertaining to making biophysical complexity tractable.
By doing your Master of Science/in Engineering project you will contribute to turning scientific vision into tangible solutions for clinicians and patients.
You will either engage in fundamental theoretical research with a clear applied facet — or you may prefer to draw from theory in developing methods.
Output of your high-quality research will be disseminated at A grade conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals.
If you i) enjoy learning; ii) enjoy science; iii) want to do something meaningful in life, then you are the kind of person we would like to talk to.