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Biological Physics

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Professor: McDowell

The biological and medical sciences are changing rapidly. Many new discoveries now require an understanding of biological systems from a physical point of view. In particular, physics, mathematics, and computer science are becoming more essential now than ever before. Contemporary research areas in biological physics include neuroscience, protein conformational dynamics and folding, DNA conformational dynamics, single molecule dynamics such as molecular motors, cell mechanics, information transfer in biological systems, membrane biophysics, multi-cellular phenomena, biological networks, effects of radiation on biological systems, and instrumentation development. The biological physics concentration is designed to supplement the background usually provided in a standard biology, chemistry, or physics major.