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Biophysics

Field Description

Graduate study in biophysics is interdisciplinary and highly individualized. Students majoring in biophysics are expected to obtain a broad, interdisciplinary knowledge of fundamental principles in both the biological and physical sciences. But because biophysics covers a wide range of areas, it would be unrealistic to expect to master each facet in detail. A student working in computational modeling of protein motions will develop a strong background in statistical physics, computational science and chemistry, while a student involved in laser studies of proteins in biological membranes will develop a strong background in quantum physics, instrumentation, chemistry and biomembranes.

At the point of passing the "A" exam -- usually after two years of study -- each student is expected to demonstrate competence in specific subject areas that serve as a foundation for further work. Areas of required competence are: advanced mathematics, physical chemistry (i.e., statistical mechanics and/or quantum mechanics), biochemistry and molecular cell biology, computer literacy and/or laboratory electronics and instrumentation, and advanced studies in molecular biophysics and associated areas of biological and physical sciences.

The field's members are drawn from fourteen departments in seven campus units, and include three members of the National Academy of Sciences. International and national honors won by members of the Cornell biophysics faculty include the Biological Physics prize of the American Physical Society, the American Chemical Eli Lilly Award in Biochemistry, the Pfizer Award, and Guggenheim and Fogarty Foundation fellowships.

Research facilities for X-ray crystallography, optical, laser, and magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and computation include the Cornell Theory Center (supercomputing); the Center for High Energy Synchrotron Studies; MacCHESS (Macromolecular Crystallography at the Center for High Energy Synchrotron Studies), the Developmental Resource for Biophysical Imaging Optoelectronics, the Center for Advanced Technology in Biotechnology; the Cornell Nanofabrication Facility; the Keck 3D Stereo Viewing Theater; the Biomolecular NMR Center; and the Chemistry NMR Facility.

Contact Information

Website: http://www.biophysics.cornell.edu
Email: biophysics@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-2313

107 Biotechnology Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-2703

 

Subject and Degrees

Concentrations by Subject

Biophysics

  • biophysics

Faculty

Yimon Aye - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: Method development in chemical biology; redox physiology in living systems; biophysical and biochemical regulation of redox-dependent enzymes
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: structure and molecular mechanisms of cell surface immunoreceptors; protein chemistry
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: molecular biophysics; molecular dynamics simulations (MD); neutron diffraction experiments; aqueous solutions; biopolymer interactions; carbohydrates
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: signal transduction; protein structure; drug design
Joshua Chappie - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: Structural biology, biophysics, protein biochemistry, bacterial pathogenesis and defense systems, infection/agent, intracellular trafficking, nucleotide-driven molecular machines, molecular membrane remodeling, protein-nucleic acid interactions
Peng Chen - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: single-molecule spectroscopy; metallochaperone protein interaction; metalloregulator-DNA interaction; nanoparticle catalysis
Itai Cohen - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: Origami, origami mechanics, origami metamaterials, origami robotics, complex fluids, colloids, rheology, colloid rheology, shear thickening, tunable shear thickening, shear thinning, confocal rheoscope, SALSA, suspension stresses, cartilage mechanics, cartilage biology, biolocomotion, insect flight, insect flight control, insect neuroscience, plant root growth, most pits, physics of crowds
Brian Crane - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: bioinorganic catalysis; protein structure; electron transfer; light and redox sensing
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: biophysics, genomics, single cell genomics, molecular diagnostics
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: biological membranes and membrane proteins; NMR, ESR, fluorescence spectroscopy
Jack H Freed - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: electron spin resonance; dynamic structure of membranes; protein structure and dynamics
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: biological membrane transport; GTPase regulation or protein trafficking; X-ray crystallography
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: structure and properties of soft matter; biomaterials; x-ray instrumentation and methods
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: IgE and T-cell antigen receptors; fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of extracellular signaling; membrane receptors; ion channels; X-ray crystallography; electrophysiology; cell biology
Ailong Ke - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: structure and function studies of RNA and RNA-protein complexes
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: muscle biology, mouse genetics, molecular imaging, ion channels
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: Structure and function of subcellular components; cryo-electron microscopy instrumentation and methods; processes at hard/soft interfaces
Manfred Lindau - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: biophysics
Roger F Loring - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: nonequilibrium statistical mechanics; semiclassical approximations to quantum dynamics; nonlinear infrared spectroscopy of biomolecules
Yuxin Mao - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: X-ray protein crystallography; membrane trafficking; phosphoinositide signaling pathway
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: multidimensional NMR studies of the biophysical basis of protein regulation
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: ion channel receptor/ligand interactions; NMR and molecular dynamics
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: Mechano-transduction, membrane biophysics, super-resolution imaging, cancer biophysics
Poul B. Petersen - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: The Petersen group is focused on developing and applying novel transient IR spectroscopies to probe dynamics in the bulk and at surfaces.
Lois Pollack - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests:
Harold A Scheraga - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: protein folding; physicochemical methods and molecular dynamics
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: statistical mechanics; condensed-matter physics; biophysics; systems biology; materials science
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: computational protein folding and dynamics; algorithms for structure-based drug design
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: regulation in cellular transduction; structural biology; enzyme kinetics; biochemistry
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: materials physics problems in structural genomics, including phase behavior and interactions in protein solutions; protein purification; disorder and disordering mechanisms in protein crystals; radiation damage and its mitigation; cryopreservation techniques; development of new hardware; synchrotron-based imaging and diffraction; atomic force microscopy; light scattering; nanofabrication.
Michelle D Wang - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: molecular motors; mechanics of gene expression; RNA polymerase; biopolymers
Mingming Wu - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: Directed cell migration mediated by ligand-receptor binding, cancer biology, microfluidics, and optical microscopy
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: biomedical imaging; fiber optics; optical instrumentation
Warren R. Zipfel - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Biophysics: biophysics Research Interests: optical microscopy; multiphoton imaging; fluorescence spectroscopy and bioanalytical methods; cancer biology