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.

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Student Spotlight

Congratulations to Simona Patange whom was awarded the Biophyics Best Poster Presentation Award & James Komianos who was awarded the Biophysics Research Achievement Award at the 2016 Biophysics and Chemical Physics Spring Banquet

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).

Spring Banquet-March 25, 2016

This year, the Biophysics and Chemical Physics program will be hosting a Spring Banquet in lieu of our annual Spring & Fall Receptions. This event serves to not only welcome prospective students to the program, but also celebrate our current student achievements. Admitted students for the upcoming year from will be joining us.

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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.

Moumita Das, RIT
Hosted by Arpita Upadhyaya
Title: Modeling the soft mechanics of tissues: How differential physical properties at the microscale influence mechanobiology at the macroscale
Time: 4:00 - 5:00
Date: Monday April 18 , 2016

Ferre D'Amare, NIH
Hosted by Kwaku Dayie
Title: TBA
Time: 4:00 - 5:00
Date: Monday April 25, 2016

Kwaku Dayie, UMD
Hosted by UMD Biophysics
Title: TBA
Time: 4:00 - 5:00
Date: Monday May 2 , 2016

New Office Locations

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

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