Teaching is a primary mission of the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry whether it is in the research lab or in a formal classroom setting. The faculty in our Department participate in and direct courses in both the Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology (BCMB) graduate program at the School of Medicine and the Program in Molecular Biophysics (PMB) (formerly known as the Program in Molecular and Computational Biophysics) that span several Schools at the University. Offerings include core courses in these graduate programs related to fundamental topics in biophysical chemistry, macromolecular structure, structure determination methods, and molecular modeling as well as more specialized elective courses. The Department also runs the first component of the Scientific Foundations of Medicine course for medical students. Postdoctoral fellows from individual laboratories both benefit from and contribute to the educational programs in the Department. Finally, the Department offers a range of seminars given by distinguished visitors, departmental faculty and postdoctoral fellows, and students.
List of Courses Offered in the Department of Biophysics
Computer Modeling of Biological Macromolecules – Lecture (100.705)
Computer Modeling of Biological Macromolecules – Lab (100.712)
Fundamentals of Protein Crystallography (100.706)
Advanced Topics in Protein Crystallography (100.707)
Proteins and Nucleic Acids (100.708)
Macromolecular Structure and Analysis (100.709)
Biochemical and Biophysical Principles (100.710)
Analyses of Macromolecules (100.716) (100.709 and 100.710 merged)
Using Structure to Understand Biology (100.713)
Single-Molecule Single-Cell Biophysics (100.714)
Proteins and Nucleic Acids II (100.715)
Topics in Macromolecular Structure and Function I (100.804)
Topics in Macromolecular Structure and Function II (100.808)
Research Projects in Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (340.806)
Graduate Training Programs
Ph.D. degrees are awarded to students who successfully complete graduate program requirements. Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry faculty participate in two Ph.D. programs and in the M.D./Ph.D. program.
- Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology (BCMB)
This graduate program is a collaborative effort of the basic science departments in the School of Medicine. with over 100 faculty from six departments, BCMB offers training in molecular and cell biology, genetics, biochemistry, immunology, developmental biology, physiology, neuroscience, structural biology and related biomedical sciences. Each member of the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry participates in the BCMB Graduate Program.
- Program in Molecular Biophysics (PMB)
The Program in Molecular Biophysics train students to use quantitative experimental and computational techniques to explore the physical and chemical basis of biological processes. There are currently over 50 faculty members in the program, drawn from 11 departments at the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Medicine and Public Health.
- Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry Program (BBC)
The Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry (BBC) graduate program trains PhD students to do cutting-edge molecular biophysics research using the methods of biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, engineering, and computer science. All faculty in the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry are members of the program.