WHAT IS BIOPHYSICAL DYNAMICS?
Tuesday, 4/11/23| 12:00 noon | ERC 201B
Srividya Iyer-Biswas | Department of Physics, Purdue University
Emergent Simplicities in the Living Histories of Individual Cells
Tuesday, 4/18/23| 12:00 noon | GCIS W301
Zev Gartner | Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, UCSF
Building Tissues to Understand How Tissue Build Themselves
Congratulations to Chuan He for winning the 2023 Wolf Prize for his pioneering work on RNA modifications!
Congratulations to Shubashree Pani (Dickinson Lab) on winning the 2022 Grier Prize! Her proposal was titled “Development of bio-orthogonally masked acylation agents for measuring the spatial distribution and interactions of biomolecules in cells”.
Congratulations to Yamuna Krishnan on winning the NIH Pioneer Award!
Norbert Scherer named Optica C.E.K Mees Medal Winner. Congratulations Norbert!
Phoebe Rice has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Congratulations, Phoebe!
Shailaja Seetharaman has been elected to be an AHA Fellow for her project titled, “Regulation of endothelial mechanotransduction by LIM domain proteins.” Congratulations Shailaja!
Greg Engel will lead National Science Foundation institute called the Quantum Leap Challenge Institute for Quantum Sensing for Biophysics and Bioengineering, designed to pioneer new ways to use quantum technology in biology, and to develop the quantum workforce through STEM education and outreach. Congratulations, Greg!
Benoit Roux has been elected by the Royal Society of Canada as a Fellow in the Class of 2021. Congratulations on receiving this prestigious award!
The fundamental laws of physics and chemistry apply to all matter, yet living organisms can exploit these laws to create systems that can grow, adapt, process information, and ultimately self-replicate. How do these behaviors, the hallmarks of living systems, emerge from the interactions of non-living components? The Biophysical Dynamics Institute is home to a core group of researchers who work at the interface between the physical sciences and the biological sciences to answer these questions.
We are experimentalists, theoreticians, and computational scientists who have come together to address the challenge of obtaining a physical description of living systems. Our research spans scales from the study of molecules, which we seek to understand in terms of the interactions of atoms, to cells, which we seek to understand in terms of their molecular components, to biological networks, where connectivity and topology play defining roles. We are unified by the conviction that understanding dynamics, going beyond a static snapshot of equilibrium, will be key to future breakthroughs.
We support training programs and initiatives for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows to advance interdisciplinary science at the University of Chicago with the goal of creating a culture of fluid exchange of ideas and collaboration across disciplines and among laboratories. These include close partnership with the Biophysics graduate program, and the Yen fellowship for outstanding postdocs in biophysics.
WHAT IS BIOPHYSICAL DYNAMICS?
We study the dynamics of
molecules, circuits, and cells