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.

Wolfgang Losert
Wolfgang Losert

Wolfgang Losert
Director, Biophysics Program

Professor Wolfgang Losert became Director of the Biophysics Program in July 2011. He is also Director of the Partnership for Cancer Technology and a member of IPST and the Physics Department.

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

News and Special Events

Spring Biophysics and Chemical Physics Reception and Poster Session

March 10, 2014. You are cordially invited to attend the Spring Biophysics and Chemical Physics Reception and Poster Session. Teh event will take place on Friday March 14, 2014 in the IPST Building Lobby from Noon until 3pm.

The poster session will provide an oppurtunity to inform others of onging research in teh Chemical Physics and Biophysics programs and for other students to showcase the reserach accomplishments. All students are welcome to particpate.

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 at Marker Room, 0112 Chemistry Building unless specified otherwise.

Alex Dunn, Stanford University
Hosted by Arpita Upadhyaya
Title: Cellular biomechanics at the molecular scale
Time: 4:00 - 5:00
Date: Monday April 7, 2014

Walter Englander, Univ of Pennsylvania
Hosted by George Lorimer
Title: Protein structure, folding, and function by hydrogen exchange - mass spectrometry
Time: 4:00 - 5:00
Date: Monday April 14, 2014

Sergey Bezrukov, NIH
Hosted by Marco Colombini
Title: Transport under strong confinement: Counter-intuitive analytical results and supporting experiments with beta-barrel channel
Time: 4:00 - 5:00
Date: Monday April 21, 2014