Biophysics, literally the physics of life, enables scientists working at the intersection of physics, biology and chemistry to collaborate with clinicians, mathematicians and engineers to develop a predictive understanding of biological processes, including cancer, development, infection and the immune system.  Novel tools and techniques now permit biophysicists to see and measure what was once invisible. Physics has long played a prominent role in biology – Watson, Crick and Franklin, discoverers of the structure of DNA, considered themselves biophysicists – but that role has increased dramatically in recent years as the development of new methods has transformed our understanding of biological systems, their complexity and their molecular details.

The University of Notre Dame has a rich history of molecular biophysics research across disciplines. The recent establishment of the new Stavropoulos Center for Interdisciplinary Biophysics will strengthen these efforts across campus, attracting elite research talent at all levels of career development.

News

Clark awarded NIH Pioneer Award, the first in Indiana

Clark awarded NIH Pioneer Award, the first in Indiana

Patricia L. Clark, the John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C. Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and associate vice president for research at the University of Notre Dame, has received a prestigious Director’s Pioneer Award from the National Institutes of Health. These awards are given to exceptionally creative scientists advancing high-risk, high-impact research. Clark is the first researcher in Indiana to receive this distinguished award since the program’s inception in 2004.

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Graduate School’s interdisciplinary LASER program garners national recognition

Graduate School’s interdisciplinary LASER program garners national recognition

Author: Erin Blasko

The Leadership Advancing Socially Engaged Research (LASER) program, a values- and ethics-based leadership program run by the Graduate School at the University of Notre Dame, has received the Outstanding Program Awards from the Association of Leadership Educators at its 2021 annual conference.

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Events

CBM Measurement Science Career Opportunities Showcase: AbbVie

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The NSF Center for Bioanalytic Metrology is offering graduate students at Indiana University, Purdue University, and the University of Notre Dame the chance to hear directly from the center’s corporate and non-profit members about their research programs, the talents and expertise they look for in hiring, and upcoming opportunities for employment. Each showcase will also foster dialogue and enable industry experts to take questions from students.

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