WHAT IS BIOPHYSICAL DYNAMICS?
Tuesday, 10/19/21| 12:00 noon | GCIS W301
Yi Liao, PhD | Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, University of Chicago
Timer & Ruler: Uncovering Hidden Functions of Biological Oscillators In Bacteria
Tuesday, 10/26/21| 12:00 noon | GCIS W301
Bozhi Tian, PhD | Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago
Porosity-based heterojunctions enable leadless optoelectronic modulation of tissues
Tuesday, 2/1/22| 12:00 noon | GCIS W301
Srividya Iyer-Biswas, PhD | Department of Physics, Purdue University
Non-trivial Status Quo: Stochastic Homeostasis, Growth and Form
Tuesday, 4/19/22| 12:00 noon | GCIS W301
Michael Levin, PhD | Department of Biology, Tufts University
Endogenous bioelectric networks instruct morphogenesis: from embryonic development to regenerative medicine
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!
Chuan He’s team discovers method to dramatically boost crop production.
Institute member Margaret Gardel has been named the Horace B Horton Professor of Physics. She has also been elected to be Director of the James Franck Institute. Congratulations, Margaret!
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