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Biological Physics

Biological physics is the application of the theories and methods of physics to questions in biology.


Biological physics research at University of Idaho uses computer simulation and experiments to study a broad range of biological systems, from proteins to cells. We use experiments to study environmental and energy processes using single-cell and single-molecule methods with microfluidics and optofluidics, as well as biological imaging and sensing. We also use computer simulation to understand how proteins evolve and function.


The facilities in the biological physics group include:

  • Linux cluster with CPU and GPU computing power
  • Cell growth instrumentation
  • Imaging using fluorescence and holographic techniques
  • Microfluidic and optofluidic fabrication

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Students performing biophysics research will gain experience in a highly interdisciplinary field with elements of physics, biochemistry, and biology. Students can choose between projects that require performing experiments or computer simulations.

For More Information

For more information about the Biological Physics research program at Idaho contact:

Confronting Ebola with Computers

New working group uses advanced modeling techniques to understand evolution, spread of deadly virus

Learn how modeling is helping fight Ebola >

Protein Research Prepares Student for Future as Oncologist

Daniel LaPorte

Daniel will use the Hill Fellowship award to present his work on p53 at the American Biophysical Society’s 2014 conference.

Read about Daniel and his research >


Department of Physics

Physical Address:
Engineering-Physics Rm 311

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 0903
Moscow, ID 83844-0903

Phone: (208) 885-6380

Fax: (208) 885-4055


Web: Department of Physics