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.

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NDIIF celebrates 10 year anniversary at Annual Imaging Workshop

NDIIF celebrates 10 year anniversary at Annual Imaging Workshop

Author: Sarah Chapman

The Notre Dame Integrated Imaging Facility was created in the fall of 2008 with the vision to establish a state-of-the-art research core that will consolidate the imaging capacity that is currently dispersed around campus and augment it with powerful new imaging modalities. A related goal was to create an interactive network of research groups, who are connected by their interest in imaging technology, and allow them to cross-fertilize ideas and form interdisciplinary collaborations.

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Physics researchers study reasons for biomolecule fragmentation from radiation

Physics researchers study reasons for biomolecule fragmentation from radiation

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Sylwia Ptasinska, associate professor of physics, published research in Physical Review Letters that begins to explain how low-energy electrons cause damage to DNA and proteins, molecules of life. She and her collaborators selected three formamide molecules to serve as models for proteins.

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Steven Corcelli, Matthew Ravosa, and Sylwia Ptasinska Receive 2019 Joyce Awards

Steven Corcelli, Matthew Ravosa, and Sylwia Ptasinska Receive 2019 Joyce Awards

Author: Cheryl Schairer

 

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Steven CorcelliSylwia Ptasinska ​, and Matthew Ravosa, faculty members of the Stavropoulos Center for Interdisciplinary Biophysics and the Biophysics Graduate Program, have received 2018-2019  Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

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