Graduate Programs

Biophysical Sciences

"I chose the Biophysical Sciences program at UChicago because the program provides me a unique opportunity to apply my background in physics to study biological systems. The dual-mentor design, as well as easy access to a broad selection of faculty, allows us to develop unique approaches to tackle interesting questions in biology. This is made possible at UChicago because the research environment is very collaborative, not only between faculty but also between students. "


Wen-Hung Chou

PhD candidate in the lab of Margaret Gardel and David Kovar

The Graduate Program in Biophysical Sciences is fundamentally different from most graduate programs in the sciences. Students in the Biophysical Sciences Program select two mentors with disparate expertise from amongst the UChicago faculty and launch an interdisciplinary project between these two research groups.  In this way, we enable top students to explore the deep interface between the physical and the biological views of natural science.  We provide our students with the research opportunities, training, community, and facilities they need to knit together existing disciplines and to create entirely new fields.  Collaboration and cross-disciplinary communication are required elements of the training. Today, our program integrates over 70 faculty members' research groups across the Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Clinical Medicine, and Engineering.

Faculty in Biophysical Sciences Program Website

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    Current Students

  • Two advisers; one project