Biophysics is the application of quantitative principles and methods to biological systems. Biophysics is thus interdisciplinary, and has much overlap with tools and ideas used in Chemistry. One can argue that there is no more interesting and important object than a biological one. Biological systems are interesting because of the novel behavior that emerges from their complexity, important because an understanding of biology relates directly to us as humans, and can lengthen our lives. Sir Peter Medawar, Nobel Laureate, writes in his book Advice To a Young Scientist, "Any scientist of any age who wants to make important discoveries must study important problems... It is not enough that a problem should be interesting." Our biophysics group spans the discipline from pure to applied science, from theoretical to experimental work, and from curiosity-driven science to health-based research.

An alphabetically-ordered list of our research topics follows; please click the headings below for more information: 


Faculty Engaged in Biophysics Research

Carl Hansen Associate Professor,
Biophysics and Bioengineering
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Research Field: Microsystems Technology for Biological Applications
Topics include: Single-Cell Analysis, Molecular Diagnostics, genomics
Andre Marziali Professor,
Biophysics - Genomics Technologies
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Carl Michal Associate Professor,
Biophysics and Biological Materials
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Research Field: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, biological and energy storage materials
Topics include: Biological Materials, Optical Pumping, Artificial Muscles, NMR
Steven Plotkin Associate Professor,
Theoretical Physics
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Research Field: Biophysics Theory and Computation
Topics include: Protein Misfolding & Aggregation, DNA Structure and Dynamics with Coarse-Grained Models, Dielectric Properties of Proteins, The Role of Osmolytes and Denaturants on Protein Stability, Generalization of Distance to High-Dimensional Objects and Applications to Protein Folding Order Parameters, Electronic Polarization Effects in Protein Function and Ligand Binding
Joerg Rottler Professor,
Condensed Matter/Computational Physics
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Research Field: Soft Condensed Matter
Topics include: Nonequilibrium dynamics of glassy systems, polymer physics, deformation and flow of amorphous materials, nucleation and growth phenomena, electrostatic effects in complex fluids
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