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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Smallest-scale work in electrochemistry leads to sizable research strides

Smallest-scale work in electrochemistry leads to sizable research strides

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At a few billionths of a meter, a nanopore is too tiny to see and too tiny to image easily. These miniscule cavities, when created in synthetic materials, are incredibly powerful. One of Notre Dame’s research groups is among the earliest to investigate electron transfer reactions inside nanopores, and therefore was invited to share their insights in a perspective paper published in ACS Central Science.

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Harper Cancer Research Institute hosts Walther Cancer Foundation Symposium

Harper Cancer Research Institute hosts Walther Cancer Foundation Symposium

Faculty from the University of Notre Dame will present their research at the Walther Cancer Foundation Symposium on Friday, Feb. 2 to Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. The two-day event is hosted by the Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI) and will take place at the Eck Visitors Center.

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NDnano announces new center director

NDnano announces new center director

Alan Seabaugh, Frank M. Freimann Professor of Electrical Engineering, has been named the director of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano). As the new director, he will lead a center that supports more than seventy NDnano-affiliated faculty members from across nine departments in the Colleges of Engineering and Science to grow the scale and stature of the University’s nanotechnology research efforts.

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