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

Congratulations to Haiqing Zhao and Dr. Garegin Papoian on getting their article "Promiscuous Histone Mis-Assembly Is Actively Prevented by Chaperones" published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS). Their research is featured on the cover of the October 12 issue of JACS (http://pubs.acs.org/toc/jacsat/138/40). JACS is the premier international journal for chemistry research.

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).

Integrative Cancer Research Seminar

Beginning Fall 2016, the Biophysics program is launching the Integrative Cancer Research Seminar BIPH708A. The seminars will review mathematical, natural sciences, and engineering approaches relevant to cancer research, as well as pressing problems in cancer research that will benefit from a transdisciplinary perspective. The seminar is expected to feature talks by NIH investigators, University of Maryland faculty, partnership students, and external experts. BIPH708A is open for registration to students from the CMNS, School of Engineering, and other students with relevant background.

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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.

Stavroula Mili, NIH-NCI
Hosted by Helim Aranda-Espinoza
Title: RNAs at Cell Protrusions: Regulation by the Extracellular Environment and Functional Effects
Time: 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Date: Monday April 3, 2017

Imran Rizvi, Harvard Medical School
Hosted by Giuliano Scarcelli
Title: Biophysics in Cancer: Targeting Chemoresistance with Rationally-designed Combination Therapies in Bioengineered 3D Models
Time: 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Date: Monday April 17, 2017

Michael Murrell, Yale University
Hosted by Wolfgang Losert
Title: Mechanical Force Production in a Biomimetic Cell Cytoskeleton
Time: 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Date: Monday April 24, 2017

New Office Locations

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

Souad Nejjar - Program Coordinator: Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST) Building, RM 2123