Molecular Biophysics at the University of Colorado

Schematic image of atomic force microscopeThe Molecular Biophysics Program at the University of Colorado, jointly sponsored by NIH and CU, is a collaborative effort involving students, postdocs and faculty from four departments on the Boulder campus. Participants share a common interest in biological systems, and seek to understand these systems in terms of physical and chemical principles. The breadth of the program arises from over 30 affiliated laboratories in the Departments of:

Sentry glutamat residue guarding the PIP3 binding pocket of GRP1 PH domainEach of these departments is among the nation's best in its field, both in terms of student and faculty quality.  The Biophysics training faculty include one Nobel Laureate, five members of the National Academy of Sciences, and four HHMI affiliates.  Acknowledging the strength of the Biophysics community in Boulder, the National Institutes of Health in 2002 formally established the University of Colorado Molecular Biophysics Training Program as one of its sponsored programs. NIH/NIGMS funds, together with matching funds provided by the University of Colorado, enable our program to award training fellowships annually to selected graduate student participants, as well as to support an array of courses, seminars, supergroups, career lunches and other activities sponsored by the training program. Note that all interested students, postdocs and faculty are encouraged to participate in the program – even if their funding is from other sources.

For doctoral students, the Molecular Biophysics Graduate Training Program provides strong theoretical and experimental foundations in the cross-disciplinary approaches of modern biophysics. The principal offerings of the training program include:

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  • NIH and CU fellowships to support doctoral studies in biophysics
  • An integrated training environment for doctoral students
  • Interdisciplinary courses in molecular biophysics
  • Biophysical supergroup meetings and seminar series
  • Cross-disciplinary advising by teams of faculty mentors
  • Career lunches featuring expert presentations on career options
  • Graduate Certificate in Molecular Biophysics
  • Collaborations between biophysical research groups

This website contains information about the laboratories and departments involved in the program, the sponsored courses and seminars offered, the Graduate Certificate in Molecular Biophysics, and graduate admissions.