This hands-on laboratory course teaches essential
laboratory skills in biophysics. Experiments cover sample preparation techniques, such as
protein expression and purification, modern research methods such as atomic force
microscopy, optical tweezers, NMR, X-ray crystallography, and computational techniques
such as molecular dynamics simulation. A final project will allow students to explore a
topic of their interest in greater depth.
This is a core course to teach essential laboratory skills to biophysics concentrators,
covering both routine sample preparation techniques and modern research methods. It is
intended to bridge the gap between classroom work and work in the research laboratory.
Some physics students with an interest in the life sciences may choose this laboratory in
lieu of one of the advanced physics laboratory course.
Laboratory reports, pre-lab quizzes, and a final project.
Biophysics concentrators at the junior level and interested
Biochemistry, Chemistry and Physics students.
In addition to a one-hour lecture, students will be required to spend 4
hours in the laboratory each week. A GSI and the laboratory coordinator will be present
and available for discussion and help during laboratory hours.