About biophysics research
Biophysics began in the 19th century when the principles of Newtonian physics were applied to the biological sciences. Essentially, biophysics looks at the structures of living organisms and the mechanisms of life processes.
Is this option for me?
This option is for students who wish to pursue a degree in physiology and conduct research that focuses on:
- molecular and cellular biophysics, gaining an understanding of the physical and chemical properties of biomolecules that govern the mechanical properties of cells and tissues
- developing new treatments for human disease including nanotechnology, tissue engineering, and drug delivery
- studies of basic mechanisms of mechanobiology, electrophysiology, and the influence of mechanics on physiological function
Potential specialization areas
- Macromolecular structure/function and characterization
- Tissue engineering
- Mechanical properties of cells and tissues
- Molecular basis of cell motility and biotransport