Biophysics

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The Biophysics Graduate Group is an independent PhD program at UC Berkeley. The program trains graduate students for careers at the interface of the biological and physical sciences.

Approximately 60 faculty members, spanning over a dozen departments and groups at UC Berkeley, are affiliated with the Biophysics Group. Students can also work with faculty who are outside of the group.

Many of the tools and methods that drive progress in the biosciences are drawn from the physical and computational sciences. Current trends require that the next generation of scientists acquire expertise in both the biological and physical sciences, with research experience that overlaps traditional academic boundaries. The Biophysics Graduate Group strives to offer that experience to its PhD students.

Research within the group is conducted in the broad areas of structural biophysics and protein dynamics; systems neuroscience; molecular microscopy and optical probes; cell signaling and cellular physiology; computational biology and genomics; brain imaging and bioelectronics; and comparative biomechanics.

The Biophysics Graduate Group is a member of the QB3-Berkeley Program in Quantitative Biosciences and is also part of the Division of Biological Sciences.

Undergraduate Program

There is no undergraduate program in Biophysics.

Graduate Program

Biophysics: PhD

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Courses

Biophysics

BIOPHY H196 Honors Research in Biophysics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Supervised independent honors research on topics specific to biophysics, followed by brief written report and presentation at year-end student research colloquium.

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BIOPHY 292 Research 3 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Individual research under the supervision of a faculty member.

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BIOPHY 293A Research Seminar: Faculty Evening Research Presentations (FERPS) and Student Evening Research Presentations (SERPS) 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Seminar on presentation and evaluation of results in area of student's individual research interests.

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BIOPHY 293B Research Seminar: Faculty Evening Research Presentations (FERPS) and Student Evening Research Presentations (SERPS) 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Seminar on presentation and evaluation of results in area of student's individual research interests.

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Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

Hillel Adesnik, Assistant Professor.
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Adam Arkin, Professor. Systems modeling.
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Carlos J. Bustamante, Professor. Nanoscience, structural characterization of nucleo-protein assemblies, single molecule fluorescence microscopy, DNA-binding molecular motors, the scanning force microscope, prokaryotes.
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Jamie Cate, Professor. Molecular basis for protein synthesis by the ribosome, RNA, antibiotics, a thermophilic bacterium, escherichia coli.
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Yang Dan, Professor.
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Xavier Darzacq, Assistant Professor.
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Karen Davies, Assistant Adjunct Professor. Protein structure, bioenergentic membranes, cellualr organisation, electron cryo tomography.
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Abby Dernburg, Associate Professor. Genomics, chromosome remodeling and reorganization during meiosis, Down syndrome, DNA.
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Michael Deweese, Assistant Professor. Machine learning, computation, systems neuroscience, auditory cortex, neural coding.
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Jennifer A. Doudna, Professor. RNA machines, hepatitis C virus, RNA interference, ribosomes.
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David G. Drubin, Professor. Cellular morphogenesis, plasma membrane dynamics, microtubule cytoskeletons, cytoskeletal proteins, morphological development.
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Michael B. Eisen, Professor. Genomics, genome sequencing, bioinformatics, animal development.
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+ Dan Feldman, Associate Professor. Neurobiology, learning, neurophysiology, sensory biology.
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Marla B. Feller, Professor. Neurophysiology, developmental neuroscience.
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Graham R. Fleming, Professor. Chemistry, proteins, chemical and biological dynamics in the condensed phase, ultrafast spectroscopy, body dynamics, liquids, solutions, glasses, photosynthetic proteins, role of solvents in chemical reactions, complex electric fields, electron transfer.
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Daniel Fletcher, Professor. Bioengineering, optical and force microscopy, microfabrication, biophysics, mechanical properties of cells.
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+ Robert J. Full, Professor. Energetics, comparative biomechanics, arthropod, adhesion, comparative physiology, locomotion, neuromechanics, biomimicry, biological inspiration, reptile, gecko, amphibian, robots, artificial muscles.
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Jack L. Gallant, Professor. Vision science, form vision, attention, fMRI, computational neuroscience, natural scene perception, brain encoding, brain decoding.
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Hernan G. Garcia, Assistant Professor.
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+ Phillip Lewis Geissler, Professor. Statistical mechanics, theoretical chemistry, microscopic behavior of complex biological and material systems, biomolecular structure and dynamics, nonlinear vibrational spectroscopy.
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Jay T. Groves, Professor. Chemistry, physical chemistry of cell membranes, molecular organization in cell membranes, receptor-ligand binding, spatial rearrangement of receptors, ligands.
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Oskar Hallatschek, Assistant Professor.
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Teresa Head-Gordon, Professor. Computational chemistry, biophysics, bioengineering, biomolecules, materials, computational science.
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James Hurley, Professor.
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Nicholas Ingolia, Assistant Professor. Ribosome Profiling, translation, genomics.
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Ehud Y. Isacoff, Professor. Ion channel function, synaptic plasticity, neural excitability, synaptic transmission, the synapse.
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Sung-Hou Kim, Professor. Computational genomics, Structural Biology, drug discovery, disease genomics.
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Robert Thomas Knight, Professor. Cognitive neuroscience, language, physiology, memory, attention, psychology, working memory, neuropsychology, human prefrontal cortex, neural mechanisms of cognitive processing, sensory gating, sustained attention, ad novelty detection.
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Mimi A. R. Koehl, Professor. Biomechanics, insects, invertebrate functional morphology, fluid dynamics, aerodynamics, marine animals, filtration, gliding vertebrates.
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Richard H. Kramer, Professor. Cells, synaptic transmission, chemical signaling between neurons, ion channels, electrical signals, chemical reagents, synapses.
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Sanjay Kumar, Professor. Biomaterials, molecular and cellular bioengineering, stem cells, cancer biology, translational medicine.
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John Kuriyan, Professor. Structural and functional studies of signal transduction, DNA replication, cancer therapies, phosphorylation.
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Markita Landry, Assistant Professor.
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Luke Lee, Professor. Biophotonics, biophysics, bionanoscience, molecular imaging, single cell analysis, bio-nano interfaces, integrated microfluidic devices (iMD) for diagnostics and preventive personalized medicine.
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Han N. Lim, Assistant Professor. Genome organization, small RNA, genetic switches, epigenetics, systems biology, synthetic biology.
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Polina Lishko, Assistant Professor. Reproductive and Developmental Biology, ion channels, Physiology of Fertilization and Early Embryo Development.
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Michael A. Marletta, Professor. Chemical biology, molecular biology, structure/function relationships in proteins, catalytic and biological properties of enzymes, cellular signaling, nitric oxide synthase, soluble guanylate cyclase, gas sensing, cellulose degradation, polysaccharide monooxygenases.
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Susan Marqusee, Professor. Amino acids, determinants of protein structure and folding, biophysical, structural and computational techniques, translocation, protein synthesis.
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Andreas Martin, Associate Professor. Proteasome.
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Barbara J. Meyer, Professor. Developmental biology, gene expression, genetic determination of sex, regulatory genes, chromosome dynamics, X-chromosome.
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Evan W. Miller, Assistant Professor.
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Mohammad Mofrad, Professor. Nuclear pore complex and nucleocytoplasmic transport, mechanobiology of disease, cellular mechanotransduction, integrin-mediated focal adhesions.
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Eva Nogales, Professor. Biochemistry, complex biological assemblies, structure and regulation of the cytoskeleton, microtubule dynamics, human transcriptional initiation machinery, biophysics.
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George Oster, Professor. Computational biology, developmental biology, mathematical modeling of molecular and cellular systems, protein motors, cell motility, spatial pattern formation in eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells, neural pattern formation.
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Daniel S. Rokhsar, Professor. Biology, collective phenomena and ordering in condensed matter and biological systems, theoretical modeling, computational modeling, behavior of quantum fluids, cold atomic gases, high temperature superconductors, Fermi and Bose systems.
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David Savage, Assistant Professor. Synthetic biology and metabolism.
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Lydia Sohn, Associate Professor. Micro-nano engineering.
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Frederic Theunissen, Professor. Behavior, cognition, brain, psychology, birdsong, vocal learning, audition, neurophysiology, speech perception, computational neuroscience, theoretical neuroscience.
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David E. Wemmer, Professor. Nuclear magnetic resonance, nucleic acids, biophysical chemistry: proteins, NMR spectroscopy, magnetic resonance methods, structure of proteins and DNA, conformational fluctuations, biopolymers.
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Evan Williams, Professor. Spectroscopy, molecular structure and dynamics, analytical chemistry, biophysical chemistry, structure and reactivity of biomolecules and biomolecule/water interactions, mass spectrometry, separations, protein conformation, protein and DNA sequencing.
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Ke Xu, Assistant Professor. Biophysical chemistry, cell biology at the nanoscale, super-resolution microscopy, single-molecule spectroscopy.
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Ahmet Yildiz, Assistant Professor. Single molecule biophysics, molecular motors, telomeres.
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Contact Information

Biophysics Graduate Group

574 Stanley Hall

Phone: 510-642-0379

Fax: 510-666-3399

biophysicsgrad@berkeley.edu

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Program Chair

James Hurley (Molecular and Cell Biology)

Phone: 510-643-9483

http://membrane.berkeley.edu/

jimhurley@berkeley.edu

Head Graduate Adviser

Susan Marqusee, MD, PhD (Molecular and Cell Biology)

Phone: 510-642-7678

marqusee@berkeley.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator

Kate Chase

574 Stanley Hall, MC 3220

Phone: 510-642-0379

katechase@berkeley.edu

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