Biophysics : Overview

Department of Physiology and Biophysics

Contact Information

School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
124 Sherman Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3078

Phone: 716.829.2738
Fax: 716.829.2344
Web Address:
Perry M. Hogan
Interim Chair
Shinpei Ohki
Director of Undergraduate Studies


This area of study is available as a special major through the College of Arts and Sciences and must be approved by the Special Majors Committee. It is not a separately registered degree program. Refer to the Special Majors section in this catalog for more information.

The biophysics faculty share a common interest in combining biology and physical principles to solve important research questions in biology and medical sciences. Students with strong interests in biology as well as cell and molecular biology who wish to understand how to apply physical and chemical principles to biological problems are encouraged to apply.

Biophysics faculty study the structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids and lipids at the single molecular level. They investigate dynamics in areas such as vision and motility as well as molecular structure; signal transduction, transmission in nerve and muscle; cell-cell and cell-substrate interactions; structural determination of biological macromolecules; and tissues by using various spectroscopic methods, microscopic and imaging techniques.

The biophysics program also includes Medical Physics for those who plan to pursue a career in research or clinical medical physics, including various medical imaging techniques, therapeutic radiation or nuclear medicine physics. Students will receive the necessary background for a career or further studies in Biophysics or Medical Physics.

Students who wish to apply for acceptance into the special major in biophysics should meet with the Senior Academic Advisor and Chair, Special Major Program, College of Arts and Sciences, 275 Park Hall, North Campus, Buffalo, NY 14260 as soon as they decide to pursue a special major in biophysics. To obtain the maximum benefit from the program, it is important to begin the process as early as possible.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:02:25 EST