Biological Physics

Program Information

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 phenomena at different levels of the organization from molecular, cellulalar, network and system levels. Protein conformational dynamics and folding, structure and dynamics of viruses, DNA conformational dynamics, kinetics of genetic expression, single molecule dynamics such as molecular motors, cell mechanics, information transfer in biological systems, membrane biophysics, multi-cellular phenomena, biological networks, evolutionary dynamics and neuroscience are particular examples. The biological physics concentration is designed to supplement the background usually provided in a standard biology, chemistry, or physics majors.


Peter Erdi, Luce Professor of Complex Systems Studies. MSc L. Eotvos University, Budapest MSc Technical University of Budapest PhD, DSc Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Blaine Moore, Professor of Biology. BS University of North Florida PhD University of Florida

Jan Tobochnik, Dow Distinguished Professor in the Natural Sciences. BA Amherst College PhD Cornell University

David Wilson (Chair), Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Assistant Professor of Physics. BS Michigan Technological University MS, PhD University of Michigan