Welcome to Maryland Biophysics

Research Spotlight

Welcome to the Maryland Biophysics Program. The Biophysics Program brings together faculty from biochemistry, biology, chemistry, engineering, and physics working on questions at the intersection of the physical and life sciences. Please visit us for one of the weekly seminars and annual symposia with leading scientists. These events are open to the public, and bring together students and faculty from across campus and from nearby institutions. We are very excited about our new Biophysics Graduate Program, where each student develops an individualized curriculum with a cross-disciplinary group of three faculty advisors.

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Student Spotlight

Deborah Hemingway
Deborah Hemingway

As a graduate student in the Biophysics Program at the University of Maryland, College Park, I am pursing a PhD with a concentration in biophysics education research as a collaborative effort with Wolfgang Losert’s and Joe Redish’s research labs. I will be conducting a longitudinal study that infuses physics into upper level biological courses and tracks the NEXUS/Physics students over time while completing network analysis on NEXUS/Physics survey results..

The Biophysics program is supported by the Institute for Physical Science and Technology.

News and Special Events

Biology Professor Sergei Sukharev Named Interim Director of Maryland Biophysics

Sergei Sukharev has been appointed Interim Director of the Maryland Biophysics Program for the coming year. Sukharev is a Professor of Biology, and has served as the Associate Director of the Maryland Biophysics Program. His research focuses on mechanosensitive ion channels, which convert mechanical forces into electrical or chemical signals in cells. He and the members of his research group study these channels using a combination of experimental approaches and computational modeling.

Sukharev is the recipient of the 2008 Michael and Kate Barany Award for Young Investigators “for his outstanding and creative contributions to membrane biophysics”. He has served on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of General Physiology and Journal of Biological Chemistry.

In his new role, Sukharev follows Wolfgang Losert, who has been appointed Interim Associate Dean for Research in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS).

Program Growing, Six entered in Fall 2013!

Fall, 2013. We are delighted to introduce our 2013 entering class: Zachary Bowen from UNC-Chapel Hill, James Kominanos from Carnegie-Mellon Univ., Simona Patange from Portland State Univ., Ivan Rey Suarez from University of the Andes, Siddharth Sharma most recently from the Indian Institure of Science-Bangalore, and Hao Wu from Shanghai Jiaotong University

The Biophysics program would also like to welcome our 3 new faculty members: Dr. Silvina R. Matysiak, Dr. Patrick Kanold, and Dr. Theodore Dayie.

Biophysics at the University Open House - Biomolecular Dome

The Biophysics program hosted its inaugural exhibit at the 2013 Maryland Day, an annual open house hosted by the University of Maryland. The 2013 Maryland Day marked the 15th annual event, with a record attendance of 105,000 visitors. A top attraction of our exhibit was the Biomolecular Discovery Dome, a 9 foot tall inflatable dome display that was developed for outreach activites by the Houston Science museum. The dome is able to show movies in a surround display setting on a range of biophysics topics. Read more....

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All Seminars start at 4:00 pm. Refreshments served at 3:45 pm.
All seminars held in the Marker Seminar Room, 0112 Chemistry Bldg, unless otherwise noted.

Daniel Dwyer, University of Maryland
Title:Emergent biophysical aspects of pathogen cell death associated with antibiotic susceptibility
Date: Monday Sept 22, 2014

James DeYoreo, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Hosted by Joonil Seog
Title: The dynamics of matrix protein self-assembly and mineralization
Time: 4:00 - 5:00
Date: Monday September 29, 2014

Enrico Gratton, University of California-Irvine
Hosted by Arpita Upadhyaya
Title: Spatial and Temporal Fluctuations of Proteins in Live Cells
Time: 4:00 - 5:00
Date: Monday October 6, 2014

New Office Locations

Sergei Sukharev- Program Director: Biology-Psychology Building, RM 3216

Star Jackson-Program Coordinator: Physicsal Science Complex, RM 1133