Welcome to Maryland Biophysics

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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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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).

5 New Students in Fall 2015!

We are delighted to introduce our 2014 entering class: Samira Agahyee from Ecole Polytechinique Federal de Lausanne, Song Chen from Fudan University-Shanghai, Tsung-Jen Liao fromNational Tsing Hua University, Alison Leonard from North Georgia College & State university and Kyemyung Park from Seoul National University

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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.

Richard Pastor, NIH/NHLBI
Hosted by Jeffery Klauda
Title: Simulation of Mechanical Properties of Membranes
Time: 4:00-5:00pm
Date: Monday, October 5 2015

Khalid Salaita, Emory University
Hosted by Arpita Upadhyaya
Title: TBA
Time: 4:00-5:00pm
Date: Monday, October 12 2015

Paul Whitford, Northeastern Univesityn
Hosted by Garyk Papoian and Dave Thirumalai
Title: Quantifying the Energy Landscape of Ribosome Function
Time: 4:00-5:00pm
Date: Monday, October 19th 2015

New Office Locations

Sergei Sukharev- Program Director: Biology-Psychology Building, RM 3216

Star Jackson-Program Coordinator: Physicsal Science Complex, RM 1133