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 focuses on using computational and experimental methods at a range of scales, from proteins to cells. A specific focus area is the experimental study of environmental and energy processes using single cell and single molecule methods with microfluidics and optofluidics, as well as biological imaging and sensing. Other focus areas are developing computational methods, using simulation to determine biophysical implications of protein evolution and to investigate the structure, function and evolution of intrinsically disordered proteins. Faculty in biophysics actively collaborate with researchers in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and statistics.