Biophysics, literally the physics of life, enables scientists working at the intersection of physics, biology, chemistry, and applied mathematics and statistics, 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 Stavropoulos Center for Complex Quantum Matter will strengthen these efforts across campus, attracting elite research talent at all levels of career development.

News

Notre Dame Receives Funding for New State-of-the-Art X-ray Diffractometer

Notre Dame Receives Funding for New State-of-the-Art X-ray Diffractometer

Author: Rebecca Hicks

Notre Dame has received funding for a dual-source single crystal X-ray diffractometer. The new instrument will be equipped with high-flux Cu and Mo microfocus X-ray sources, a CPAD detector, and a cryogenic device. The instrument is jointly funded by the National Science Foundation’s Major Research Instrumentation and Chemistry Research Instrumentation Programs. This new instrumentation will ensure that Notre Dame continues to be at the leading edge of structural science.

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Brittany Morgan Receives Burroughs Wellcome Fund Award

Brittany Morgan Receives Burroughs Wellcome Fund Award

Author: Rebecca Hicks

 

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Brittany Morgan

Brittany Morgan, John V. O’Connor Assistant Professor in Cancer Drug Discovery, has received a highly-selective Burroughs Wellcome Fund award for her project entitled “Cracking the Molecular Recognition Code: Capturing Dynamic Substructures with Small Molecules.” Less than twelve awards are granted each year.

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Events

COSE-JAM (Colleges of Science and Engineering Joint Annual Meeting)

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Location: Jordan Hall of Science

The annual Colleges of Science and Engineering Joint Annual Meeting (COSE-JAM) for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will be held Thursday, December 9, 2021 in Jordan Hall of Science.

COSE-JAM aims to highlight the achievements of postgraduate trainees, foster interdisciplinary research and interactions, develop presentation and mentoring skills, furnish advice on career development, and provide a forum for extramural scientific and job presentations to diverse audiences. This all-day event consists of morning podium presentations, a lunchtime Q&A session with the Associate Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Scholars as well as multiple directors of graduate studies from both colleges, followed by an afternoon poster session and concurrent social reception.…

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