• Faculty Highlights
  • Biological Physics
  • Biophysics

As a biological physicist, Ido Golding studies the function of living cells. He is best known for the experimental quantification of key biological processes, such as gene expression and viral infection, inside individual bacterial cells.

  • Outreach
  • Quantum Information Science

As quantum communication, sensing, and computation continue to transition from idea to reality, the second Chicago Quantum Summit at the University of Chicago gathered together more than 120 scientists, engineers, and members of industry from around the world to discuss the latest research and promising paths forward for the field.

The summit, which included a public lecture on Oct. 24, followed by the day-long summit program on Oct. 25, contained discussions on the quantum technologies likely to make the next breakthroughs, the role of government and industry, and the workforce that is needed to create and commercialize quantum technologies.

  • Faculty Highlights
  • High Energy Physics

Yoni's research asks questions such as “What is the mass of the dark matter particle,” “What other particles that we know of does it interact with,” and “How was it created in the early universe”?

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Alumnus gift continues legacy of excellence at Illinois Physics

“We deeply appreciate Gary Kelly’s generosity and his investment in our department’s core missions of research, teaching, and outreach,” comments Head of Department and Professor Matthias Grosse Perdekamp. “Unrestricted funds such as these are applied where they will make the greatest impact. Through his generosity, Gary Kelly’s legacy at Illinois will include his support of important new opportunities directly in line with our core missions. A large portion of Gary’s gift will support the research of exceptional women faculty early in their careers, enabling Illinois Physics to attract and retain promising women physicists.”

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Watch the Center for the Physics of Living Cells video

Watch the Center for the Physics of Living Cells video

The Center for the Physics of Living Cells is an NSF Physics Frontiers Center. In true "Urbana style," theoretical and experimental scientists collaborating at the CPLC are elucidating the fundamental processes at the core of life in quantitative physical detail.  The CPLC Summer School is world renowned for its training of young scientists in leading-edge research methods, advancing this interdisciplinary physics frontier.

Why choose Illinois Physics? Here's a video!

Why choose Illinois Physics? Here's a video!

Are you ready to study the glow of black holes? Or how superconductors can carry electricity without resistance? Physics opens the secrets of the universe. Illinois has a long tradition of excellence in physics, and we continue to advance the frontiers of science every day. Watch the video!


What existed first, the Higgs Field or the boson? What is the relationship between the two, does the field interact with itself to create the boson (is this the only way that the boson came into existence), or does the boson somehow exert a field?