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Biophysics (also biological physics) is an interdisciplinary science that applies theories and methods of the physical sciences to questions of biology.
Biophysics typically addresses biological questions similar to those in biology, but the questions are asked at a molecular (i.e.
Biophysics often does not have university-level departments of its own, but have presence as groups across departments within the fields of biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, medicine, pharmacology, physiology, physics, and neuroscience.
www.ibpassociation.org /encyclopedia/Biology/Biophysics.php   (738 words)

Biophysics Is a discipline that bridges and includes both the biological sciences and the physical sciences.
Biophysics is concerned with physical and chemical explanations of living processes, especially at the cellular and molecular levels.
The Penn Undergraduate Biophysics Major Is designed to provide education in depth in the physical sciences in association with an understanding of biological phenomena and problems, and to provide the background necessary for understanding the sophisticated methods of contemporary biophysical and biomedical research.
www.sas.upenn.edu /biophysics   (293 words)

Biophysics has thus become a central theme of the physics department, offering young students unique opportunities for study and ample openings for top-level research.
The biophysics research groups of the physics department engage in a very broad spectrum of activities and are complemented by several special areas of research.
Molecular biophysics: proteins are the bricks of life and are involved in nearly all functions in living beings.
www.physik.tu-muenchen.de /forschung/biophysics   (2057 words)

Biophysics is a branch of science that uses the principles of physics for the purpose of unraveling some of the challenging problems regarding the mechanics of biological systems.
Within the framework of biophysics, scientists investigate questions like how such enormously long biomacromolecules like DNA manage to replicate themselves with such precision during cell division.
Whatever the scope of research, though, biophysics is a science at the molecular level and works to understand structures of individual molecules as well as interactions between molecules as complex mechanisms.
www.iscid.org /encyclopedia/Biophysics   (199 words)

 Educational Resources
Biophysics is that branch of knowledge that applies the principles of physics and chemistry and the methods of mathematical analysis and computer modeling to understand how biological systems work.
Biophysics is a diverse and eclectic field, and consequently difficult to categorize.
Biophysics explains the biological functions of cells, tissues, and organisms in terms of the structure and behavior of biological molecules.
www.biophysics.org /education   (986 words)

 Biophysics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Biophysics (also biological physics) is an interdisciplinary science that applies the theories and methods of physics, to questions of biology.
Biophysics research today comprises a number of specific biological studies, which do not share a unique identifying factor, nor subject themselves to clear and concise definitions.
Biophysics, in contrast, typically addresses similar biological questions, but the questions are asked at a molecular (i.e.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Biophysics   (900 words)

Biophysics is a field of science that seeks a mechanistic approach to biology from simple principles of physics.
Biophysics, which has been traditionally taught in graduate and medical schools, is now available as an undergraduate program at Centenary College.
The Centenary biophysics major, established in 1992, was the first of its kind at an undergraduate liberal arts institution in the nation.
www.centenary.edu /majors/biophysics   (310 words)

 Biophysics Graduate Group - Research
Current research in biophysics at Berkeley includes the study of the function and regulation of ion channels and transporters, the protein signaling pathways that regulate cell division and growth, the mechanisms of muscle contraction, nerve secretion, and synaptic plasticity, and the membrane dynamics and trafficking that underlies secretion, membrane wound healing, and signaling by organelles.
A strength of the Biophysics Group is in the development and application of novel optical and chemical methods for making real-time high spatial resolution measurements of protein activity and second messenger levels in specific subcellular compartments of cells in intact tissue.
Biophysics students who wish to follow research careers in genomics or computational biology are encouraged to apply to the DE.
biophysics.berkeley.edu /research.php   (1990 words)

Biophysics is an approach to biology from the perspective of the physical sciences.
The curriculum for the biophysics major was designed in consultation with major research universities and medical institutions from around the nation as well as our own Biology, Chemistry, and Physics Departments.
Investigation of an original problem in biophysics under the guidance of a faculty member.
www.centenary.edu /catalogue/biophysics   (422 words)

 Biophysics Courses   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Biophysics 410/490 and 411 are required of all first and second year graduate students in the biophysics program.
Biophysics of Muscle--fundamental physical processes underlying motility and contraction in living systems; recent advances and current status of relevant problems.
Thesis Research--research may be conducted in any area approved by the biophysics faculty concerned and in the department in which the research is to be done.
www.life.uiuc.edu /biophysics/CBCBWebPages/Courses.html   (645 words)

 Biophysics Minor
Biophysics is concerned with the application of the concepts and methods of physics to the solution of biological problems and to the understanding of biological processes.
Students who complete the Biophysics minor achieve a grasp of physics as it relates to solving biological problems and to a general understanding of the nature of biological problems and of proteins and cell membranes in particular, and of several techniques based on physics principles that are used in biological investigations.
The frontiers of research in biophysics, and the techniques employed, are explored through attending the weekly Biophysics Seminar at the Medical College of Wisconsin and participating in a follow-on discussion after each seminar.
www.marquette.edu /physics/undergraduate/BiophysicsMinor.shtml   (778 words)

 Harvard Biophysics
All students accepted into the Biophysics program will be supported financially by fellowships from Harvard University or the National Institute of Health Training Programs.
The majority of graduates in the Biophysics program have been undergraduate majors in physics or physical chemistry, although a few have come from areas such as biology and electrical engineering.
Biophysics 300r, Introduction to Laboratory Research, brings professors from all over the University for one-hour seminars on their specific areas of research interest, allowing the students a period of time to familiarize themselves with research opportunities at Harvard before choosing their first laboratory rotation later in the first semester.
arep.med.harvard.edu /biophysics   (840 words)

 JHU - Biophysics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Biophysics is the application of the analytical viewpoints, methods and/or instrumentation of physics to the investigation of biological problems.
By this definition the domain of biophysics is limited only by the imagination of biophysicists, and ranges over areas such as molecular structure and energetics, motility, and membrane structure and assembly.
Research in biophysics requires training in both the physical and the biological sciences.
www.jhu.edu /~biophys   (98 words)

 Biophysics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Biophysics covers a wide scope of problems related to the main physical mechanisms of processes taking place on different organization levels in biosystems.
It includes structure and dynamics of molecules, cells and tissues; the influence of environment; energy transformation and transfer; thermodynamics; biological motility; population dynamics and cell differentiation modeling; biomechanics and tissue rheology; non-linear phenomena, mathematical cybernetics modeling of complex systems; computational biology.
Biophysics exercises a multidisciplinary approach and presents the complete pattern of relevant basic research in former Soviet and Eastern European countries.
www.maik.rssi.ru /cgi-bin/journal.pl?name=biophys&page=main   (127 words)

 Amazon.com: Biophysics: Books: Roland Glaser   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Biophysics - the science of physical principles of life itself, of biological systems - is presented here not merely as physics for biologists, but as an entirely independent subject with its own innate network of ideas and approaches.
From the microscopic forces that constitute life, the intramolecular bonds and ionic interactions, to the macroscopic forces of the environment, temperature and pressure, the author presents and explains all aspects of life from a Biophysicist's point of view.
Message is that biophysics is the science of physical principles underlying the 'phenomenon life' on all levels of organization.
www.amazon.com /Biophysics-Roland-Glaser/dp/3540670882   (1107 words)

 The Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS) - Biophysics
Ioan Andricioaei, Ph.D. Theoretical and computational topics at the interface between structural molecular biology and biophysics hinging on the central theme of developing and applying computer and modeling methods to describe, in terms of dynamics and thermodynamics, biologically important molecular processes.
Patrick O'Brien, Ph.D. Biochemical, biophysical, and structural approaches to understanding mechanisms of human DNA repair.
Erik R. Zuiderweg, Ph.D. Determination of three-dimensional structures of biomolecules and complexes of biomolecules in solution, using multidimensional heteronuclear NMR spectroscopy; NMR studies of biomacromolecular conformation and dynamics in solution, concentrating on methodology developments and on applications involving domains of Hsp-70 chaperone and metal binding proteins such as matrix-metalloproteinase proteins.
www.med.umich.edu /pibs/faculty/biophy.htm   (1487 words)

 Biophysics at Stony Brook
The University at Stony Brook Biophysics Faculty is an interdisciplinary group of scientists from the university departments of Anesthesiology, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Chemistry, Medicine, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Neurobiology and Behavior, Neurological Surgery, Orthopaedics, Pharmacological Sciences, Physics and Astronomy and Physiology and Biophysics.
In structural biophysics, we seek to relate the molecular structure of biomolecules (especially proteins) to the function of the molecule.
In membrane biophysics, we study the lipids and proteins of cell membranes using electrical and chemical techniques.
www.pnb.sunysb.edu /biophysics/pbpage.htm   (619 words)

 David Atkinson, Ph.D., Physiology & Biophysics at Boston University School of Medicine
The emphasis is on the analysis of the organization of apo-B and the localization of structural and functional domains on the LDL particle, using a combination of site-specific immuno-nanogold labeling and direct visualization of the bound LDL receptor.
These include protein crystallography, structural electron microscopy/image processing, calorimetry/thermodymamics, circular dichroism, and molecular modelling/mechanics to probe the structure and physical properties of lipoproteins, apolipoproteins, peptide models for the apolipoproteins, and lipid/apolipoprotein reassembled model systems.
This advanced course covers the concepts of the assembly of biomacromolecules, their structure and stabilizing forces, and biological function as related to structure.
biophysics.bumc.bu.edu /faculty/atkinson   (1757 words)

 Medical College of Wisconsin - Biophysics
The Department of Biophysics at the Medical College of Wisconsin is dedicated to quality in research, and graduate and postdoctoral training.
The research programs in the Department of Biophysics are also multidisciplinary in nature and our program has strong associations with researchers in other basic science and clinical departments.
There is a history of quality graduate education in the Department of Biophysics at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
www.biophysics.mcw.edu   (289 words)

 Biophysics Program
The structure of receptors, motors and enzymes, understanding their mechanisms of action, and the design of small molecules that can target these proteins is the focus of a large number of experimental and theoretical investigations.
The Biophysics core curriculum has been enriched by the addition of new courses designed to provide training in the more quantitative aspects of modern biomedical research, including the mathematics fundamental to biology, and courses in biocomputing algorithms and bioinformatics.
Each student also enrolls in a core biophysics curriculum in the first year, and one course of the student's choice in the PIBS core curriculum (second year).
www.biophysics.ucsf.edu /bp_program.html   (850 words)

 Molecular Biophysics Graduate Program
OverviewThe union of biophysics with molecular biology has led to astonishing insights into the ultrastructure and dynamics of the living cell.
In the future, biological research will continue to be led by scientists with diverse interests in molecular and cellular biology who view their research from a molecular biophysical perspective.
The Molecular Biophysics Program offers students with strong backgrounds in the physical sciences the opportunity to study and carry out research with a talented faculty conducting vigorous research programs in protein crystallography, nuclear magnetic resonance, electron and visible light microscopy, mass spectrometry and fluorescence spectroscopy.
www.utsouthwestern.edu /graduateschool/molecularbiophysics.html   (714 words)

 Physiology & Biophysics at Boston University School of Medicine
The Department of Physiology and Biophysics is a research oriented department, located at the Boston University School of Medicine.
Graduate education plays a key role in the vibrancy of our scientific research, and we work continually to improve the programs and opportunities for graduate and medical students.
These include laboratories for NMR (both spectroscopy and imaging), X-ray diffraction and cryo-crystallography, electron cryo-microscopy and 3-D image reconstruction, micro-spectroscopy, calorimetry, light and fluorescence microscopy, optical tweezers, surface chemistry, electrophysiology, tissue culture and molecular biology.
biophysics.bumc.bu.edu /index.html   (228 words)

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