Biological physics is the application of the theories and methods of physics to questions in biology. Students performing biophysics research will gain experience in a highly interdisciplinary field with elements of physics, biochemistry, and biology.
Biophysics research at University of Idaho currently focuses on developing novel computational methods, and on determining biophysical mechanisms for protein structure, function, and evolution. Specific examples include studying protein evolution in viruses, and investigating the structure, function, and evolution of intrinsically disordered proteins. Faculty in biophysics actively collaborate with researchers in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and statistics.