Welcome to the Programs in Physiology & Biophysics

the Department of Physiology & Biophysics at the Boston University

The Programs in Physiology & Biophysics, located in the Center for Advanced Biomedical Research Building and the Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine Instructional Building are research-oriented programs with about 80 personnel including 21 active faculty members, and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research technicians and administrative support staff.  Our faculty members have a wide range of interests and are nationally and internationally recognized as leaders in their chosen field. Our programs are genuinely committed to providing excellence in research and training the next generation of diverse scientists and leaders in basic and applied biomedical research. See Program News for recent events and photos.

Graduate Education

The Programs in Physiology & Biophysics at the Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine is proud to offer extensive Graduate Programs leading to M.A., Ph.D., or M.D./Ph.D. degrees. Each program stresses broad laboratory training and original research performed under the direction of a faculty advisor. With Graduate Education playing a key role in the vibrancy of our research, we work to continually improve the Programs in Physiology & Biophysics and expand the opportunities for our graduate students.

Diversity Statement

Diversity is a core value of the Programs in Physiology & Biophysics. We are committed to creating an academic community of diversity and inclusion, with individuals of all backgrounds, traditions and differences, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation. We believe this diversity enhances the outlook and academic richness of our Programs’ teaching, mentoring, and research missions. We support Boston University’s statement on diversity.

Policy on the Appropriate Treatment of Faculty, Staff, Students, and Trainees


Our Research Interests

Research interests in our programs encompass many facets of Structural Biology, Molecular Biophysics, Cell Biology, and Molecular and Cellular Physiology including:


Actin, Myosin and Muscle
Atherosclerosis & Lipoproteins
Electrophysiology & Ion Channels
Filaments and Helices
Membrane Biology
Microbial Pathogenesis
Obesity / Diabetes
Protein Folding and Misfolding
Sensory Transduction
Structural Biology

Our Facilities

Extensive Facilities, laboratories and instrumentation promote state-of-the-art biophysical and physiological research including:

  • 3-D Image Reconstruction
  • Chemistry & Biochemistry Core
  • Circular Dichroism & Fluorescence Spectroscopy
  • Cryo-electron Microscopy
  • Differential Scanning & Isothermal Titration Calorimetry
  • X-ray Crystallography, Diffraction & Scattering
  • Microfluidic Devices
  • Molecular & Cellular Biology Core
  • NMR Spectroscopy
  • Computing
  • Optical Trapping
  • Tissue Culture
  • Excellent Graphics Capacity
  • Centralized Medical-Scientific Library
  • Animal Care Facilities