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Degree Offered

The Biophysics Graduate Program offers a Doctor of Philosophy.

Program Admission Requirements

The Biophysics Graduate Program encourages applications from students with strong backgrounds in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, physics or mathematics and an enthusiasm for carrying out scientific research. The program consists of two major and largely independent tracks—Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Molecular Biophysics. 

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging section emphasizes research in the areas of cognitive neuroscience, signal processing, statistical analysis, image production, and hardware development. Students wishing to pursue this track should apply directly to the Biophysics Graduate Program or through the Neuroscience Doctoral Program (NDP). Applicants to this track are expected to have a high level of competence in physics and mathematics. However, the program has also admitted students with backgrounds in biology, psychology and medicine.

Students interested in Molecular Biophysics should pursue admission through the Interdisciplinary Program (IDP) in Biomedical Sciences . The faculty in this section use biophysical techniques to study structural biology, free radicals in biology and paramagnetic metal ions in biological systems. For example, current research includes studies on protein structure, functional dynamics and free radical spin trapping.

Quantitative and analytical GRE scores should be above average. Personal statements and letters of recommendation from professors or research supervisors who know you well are highly regarded in the admission process.

Program Director: Candice S. Klug, PhD
Recruitment Director: Neil Hogg, PhD