793A Systems Biology

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Course Information

Description: Mathematical Systems Biology.

Instructor: Casian Pantea. email me

Class schedule: Tuesdays, Thursdays, 11:30-12:45AM in Armstrong 313

Office hours: Tuesdays 5-6PM, Thursdays 3-4PM, and by appointment, in Armstrong Hall 305B

Info sheet containing more or less the stuff on this webpage.

Textbooks and resources


Sontag, Lecture Notes on Mathematical Systems Biology

Useful free resources:

Linear algebra notes

Linear Algebra Done Wrong, Treil
Linear Algebra -- wiki textbook

Web goodies

Khan Academy


Grading scheme

  • 45% Homework
  • 25% Project
  • 30% Final exam


  • Three homework sets will be assigned throughout the semester -- please see the course schedule below for exact dates.
  • Late turn-ins will not be accepted.

Final Exam

  • Tuesday December 13 2016, 8-10AM in Armstrong 313.
  • Final is cumulative.

Tentative Course Schedule

Date Topic Resources HW/Exams
Jan 10 Intro Probability Chapter 1
Jan 12 Random variables 2.1-2.4
Jan 17
Jan 19
Jan 24
Jan 26
Jan 31
Feb 2
Feb 7
Feb 9
Feb 14
Feb 16
Feb 21
Feb 23
Feb 28
Mar 2
Mar 14
Mar 16
Mar 21
Mar 23
Mar 28
Mar 30
Apr 4
Apr 6
Apr 11
Apr 13
Apr 18
Apr 20 Project presentations
Apr 25 Project presentations
Apr 27 Review
May 4 Final exam

Inclusivity statement

The West Virginia University community is committed to creating and fostering a positive learning and working environment based on open communication, mutual respect, and inclusion. If you are a person with a disability and anticipate needing any type of accommodation in order to participate in this class, please advise me and make appropriate arrangements with the Office of Accessibility Services (293-6700). For more information on West Virginia University's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives, please see http://diversity.wvu.edu.