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

New study reveals surprising effects of mutations in proteins

New study reveals surprising effects of mutations in proteins

Jeffrey Peng

Predicting how mutations in proteins alter their ability to function is critical to understanding what drives health and disease in humans. A new study in Structure, Cell Press by scientists at the University of Notre Dame and their colleagues demonstrates how a minor mutation can have far-reaching effects on a protein, playing a role in the onset of different diseases.

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Events

Carrie Miller (Azusa Pacific University)

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Location: Radiation Laboratory Auditorium

CGSO Sponsored Alumni in Academia Talk

This semester, our "Alumni in Academia" series seminar features speaker Dr. Carrie Miller, associate professor from Azusa Pacific University. Dr. Miller received her Ph.D. degree in chemistry at Notre Dame in 2010 under Prof. Steven Corcelli. In the talk, she will discuss her research as well as the development of her academic career. Postdocs and graduate students interested in careers in academia are highly encouraged to attend. Coffee and cookies will be provided. This event is co-hosted by the Department of Chemistry and Chemistry Graduate Student Organization (CGSO).

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