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Division Of Natural Sciences & MathematicsMolecular and Cellular Biophysics Program

Molecular and Cellular Biophysics

Molecular and Cellular Biophysics

Courses and Curriculum

Biophysics is a discipline aimed at an understanding of life processes through the application of physics and chemistry, seeking quantitative information about biological processes at the molecular, cellular and systems levels. Modern research in biophysics is at the interface of traditional disciplines of physics, biology and chemistry including methods of mathematical analysis and computer modeling. Biophysical research is typically directed at understanding of molecular or cellular mechanisms of great importance for biomedical research or biotechnology applications.

The Molecular and Cellular Biophysics PhD program provides opportunities for studies and research for doctoral students interested in the truly interdisciplinary nature of Molecular and Cellular Biophysics (MCB). The PhD program offers both a core foundation in biophysical theory and practice, yet provides flexibility and individualized attention such that students with strong quantitative undergraduate backgrounds (e.g., in physics, chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics) who desire to apply these skills to various biological problems, particularly those of biomedical importance, will be prepared to conduct research at this exciting interface.

The departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Physics and Astronomy at D.U. each have diverse research interests within the respective faculties. Each of the three departments has a number of faculty members addressing questions or methodologies of molecular or cellular biophysics as a major component of their research.