Michael Woodside, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics


Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics
3-205 Centennial Ctr For Interdisciplinary SCS II
11335 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5



BSc (1995) University of Toronto
PhD (2001) University of California, Berkeley


Protein folding, misfolding and aggregation; RNA folding and function; misfolding diseases; single-molecule approaches to biology


BIOPH 201 - Introduction to Biophysics

Physical principles important to the operation of biological systems. Biological applications of free energy, entropy, random walks, and diffusion; dynamics at low Reynolds number; cooperativity and 2-state systems; structural self-assembly; kinetic modeling; molecular motors and enzymes; membranes and potentials; genetic networks; sequences and evolution. Prerequisites: MATH 100/114/117/134/144, PHYS 124/144 or EN PH131. PHYS 126/130/146 recommended.

PHYS 297 - Experimental Physics II

Contemporary methods of experimental physics with measurements from classical and modern physics. This is a continuation of Experimental Physics I with application of more advanced techniques and more in-depth exploration of the selected physics topics. Prerequisite: PHYS 295. Corequisites: PHYS 271, and MATH 101 or 115 or 118 or 146.

PHYS 574 - Data Analysis in Physics

This course teaches the principles for designing physics experiments and analyzing data to obtain robust results. It explores the choice of experimental methods and conditions used for data collection and examines important techniques used for data analysis. Topics include: experimental and numerical noise/background sources, characteristics, and mitigation; sampling, replicates, and controls; probability distributions; parameter estimation; error estimation and confidence levels; model selection, model fitting, and hypothesis testing; non-parametric analyses; applications of frequentist and Bayesian statistics; modes of failure in measurements and analysis.

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