The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences


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Research being done by Physiology graduate program faculty in the area of biophysics

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. 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
  • Electrophysiology
  • Nanotechnology/nanobiology
  • Tissue engineering
  • Mechanical properties of cells and tissues
  • Molecular basis of cell motility and biotransport




Peter J Butler
Professor of Bioengineering

William Hancock
Professor of Bioengineering

Biomechanics of kinesin molecular motors
Keefe Manning
Associate Professor, Bioengineering and Surgery

Rudolf Schilder
Research Associate Professor

Comparative & ecological physiology of insect and mammalian locomotion