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.

Adriana Dawes, Ohio State University
Hosted by Arpita Upadhyaya
Title: Pushing and pulling to properly position centrosomes in polarized cells
Time: 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Date: Monday January 30, 2017

Ursula Perez-Salas, University of Illinois at Chicago
Hosted by Silvina Matysiak
Title: Lipids in Motion and the Energy to Get them "there"
Time: 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Date: Monday February 20, 2017

Tae Yoon Kim, Purdue University
Hosted by Garegin Papoian
Title: Reconstructing the Mechanical Behaviors of Cells in Silico
Time: 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Date: Monday March 6, 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