What is Biological Physics?
In 1944, physicist Erwin Schrödinger published a short book, What is Life?,
that changed the course of modern biology.
Could the behavior of a living organism be explained solely by physics and chemistry? Yes, it could, Schrödinger answered. "The obvious inability of
present-day physics and chemistry to account for such events," he wrote, "is no reason at all for doubting that they can be accounted for by those sciences."
It's a sentiment that has lured generations of physical scientists to biology.
For the past half-century, researchers have applied the rigorous tools of physics to help answer Schrödinger's question and unravel the fundamental
mechanisms of life, but some of the most exciting challenges remain.
What are we doing in Biological Physics at Illinois?
The Experimental Biological Physics Research faculty's study includes, but is not limited to single-molecule methods, single-molecule fluorescence microscopy and
spectroscopy, nucleic acid and protein translocases, DNA protein interactions, molecular biology, structure and dynamics of biological macromolecules.
The Theoretical and Computational Biological Physics Research faculty's study includes such ideas as biomolecular modeling of molecular motors,
multiscale modeling of pattern formation, photosynthesis, cellular mechanics, multiscale modeling of cells and bionanotechnology.
263 Loomis Laboratory
161 Loomis Laboratory
Condensed Matter Physics
3113 Engineering Sciences Building
Professor of Chemistry and Physics
A220 Chemical and Life Sci Lab
Professor of Mechanical Science and Eng.
332D Mechanical Engineering Bldg
331 Loomis Laboratory
Professor of Chemistry
A544 Chemical and Life Sci Lab
Professor of Bioengineering
3406 Institute for Genomic Biology
3111 Engineering Sciences Building
365 Loomis Laboratory
2105 Institute for Genomic Biology