The efficient transport of molecules is essential for the normal
function of cells and organs and the design of devices for medical
applications and biotechnology. "Transport Phenomena in Biological
Systems" provides an introduction to the integrated study of
transport processes and their biological applications.
The book consists of four sections, which cover physiological
fluid mechanics, mass transport, biochemical interactions and
reactions and the effect of mass transfer, and transport in organs
and whole organisms. In order to provide students with a firm
understanding of biological transport processes, engineering
concepts are provided within the context of specific biological
problems. Examples and problems elaborate on the concepts in the
text or develop new concepts. The introductory chapter presents a
brief overview of transport processes at the cell and tissue level
and relevant concepts in cell biology and physiology are presented
throughout the text. An appendix provides an overview of relevant
mathematical concepts used in the text. The problems at the end of
each chapter require either analytical solution or numerical
solution using MATLAB(R).
This book can be used for both introductory and advanced
courses. Advanced topics covered include transport in the kidney,
oxygen transport, receptor-mediated processes, cell adhesion,
transport of drugs in tumors, and whole body pharmacokinetic
models. References are provided for further study.
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