Biophysics is the molecular science that applies the principles of physics and chemistry and the methods of mathematical analysis and computer modeling to explain the molecular and cellular structures and properties of specific, even single molecules of life. For several decades, Biophysics has been a center at the University of Michigan for researchers excited about applying ideas, concepts, and techniques from the physical sciences to problems in molecular and cell biology. Biophysics is a natural meeting ground for people interested in interactions that transcend the traditional boundaries between disciplines. It is therefore the place for graduate students and post-docs to learn the skills necessary for future careers in a world that increasingly values interdisciplinary, integrative and quantitative perspectives.
At Michigan, Biophysics encompasses a dozen core faculty members with laboratories in the Chemistry building, all with joint appointments in other academic departments such as Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Biological Chemistry. An additional two dozen associated faculty with appointments throughout the University, including the Medical School, College of Engineering, and College of Pharmacy, make for an extremely broad interdepartmental graduate program. Students in Biophysics have the opportunity to experience cutting-edge research in an extremely wide range of areas including structural biology, single molecule microscopy, spectroscopy and its applications, computational biology and bioinformatics, membrane biophysics, and enzymology. Biophysics combines the personal attention of a small graduate program with the resources and opportunities of one of the nation’s largest and best-funded research universities.