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Welcome to the Graduate Program in Biophysics of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology

The Biophysics Graduate Program brings together faculty from biochemistry, biology, chemistry, engineering, and physics. The aim of the Biophysics Program is to train graduate students to use theoretical and computational methods in combination with cutting edge experimental techniques to solve some of the outstanding problems in biology, biomedicine, and bioengineering.

Research areas include Membranes and channels; Theory of molecular machines and motors; Cell mechanics; Motility and the cytoskeleton; Theoretical studies of protein and RNA folding and aggregation; Single molecule biophysics; Theory of hydrophobic and electrostatic interactions Scattering Techniques in RNA and Polymers Protein Structure; Nonlinear dynamics and biophysics of biological regulation; & Mechanisms of allostery and protein assembly. The core courses that include but are not limited to Statistical Mechanics, Chemical Thermodynamics, Biophysical Chemistry, & Membrane Biophysics and Cell Biology constitute the basis for further specialization.

We welcome students, with any background in science or engineering, who have a desire to work at the interface of several disciplines, and tailor the curriculum to suit the needs of the individual. Follow the links for more information about the Graduate Program and details on Admission.

Share our enthusiasm in tackling the next generation of problems in the complex world of biology using novel experimental and theoretical techniques. Please join us for one of our weekly Seminars and annual Symposia on special topics, and meet our Faculty and students.

Director of Maryland Biophysics Program, Sergei Sukharev Ph.D.

Dr. Sergei Sukharev
Dr. Sergei Sukharev

Dr. Sergei Sukharev is a Professor of Biology, and his research focuses on mechanosensitive ion channels, which convert mechanical forces into electrical or chemical signals in cells. Dr. Sukharev and the members of his research group study these channels using a combination of experimental approaches and computational modeling. Dr. Sukharev is the recipient of the 2008 Michael and Kate Barany Award for Young Investigators for his outstanding and creative contributions to membrane biophysics, and he has served on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of General Physiology and Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Coordinator of Maryland Biophysics Program, Souad Nejjar M.S.

Souad Nejjar
Souad Nejjar

Souad joined the Institute for Physical Science and Technology in June 2016 as an Academic Program Coordinator. In 2011, she earned a Master of Science in Higher Education from the University of Rochester Warner School of Education and Human Development in Rochester, NY. Souad came to the University of Maryland after most recently serving as a Graduate Program Administrator at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Contact Information:

Sergei Sukharev -
Biophysics Program Director

Souad Nejjar -
Biophysics Program Coordinator