Physiology & Biophysics


A major mission of the Department of Physiology & Biophysics is the teaching and training of medical, dental, and doctoral students. While we are a research-oriented department, we are deeply involved in the preclinical training of first-year MD, MD/PhD, and DMD students on the Boston University Medical Campus.


Graduate education plays a key role in the vibrancy of our scientific research, and we work continually to improve the programs and opportunities for graduate and medical students. Students graduated from our programs with the PhD or MD/PhD have gone on to extremely successful careers in all areas of academic, pharmaceutical, and industrial science.


Our research encompasses many facets of cell biology, molecular and cellular physiology, structural biology, and molecular biophysics. To achieve our goal of improving the fundamental scientific basis that supports translational research, the department has extensive facilities and instrumentation for state-of-the-art research in cellular physiology and molecular biophysics. These include laboratories for NMR (both spectroscopy and imaging), X-ray diffraction and cryo-crystallography, electron cryo-microscopy and 3-D image reconstruction, micro-spectroscopy, calorimetry, light and fluorescence microscopy, surface chemistry, electrophysiology, tissue culture, and molecular biology. Please visit our research facilities website for more detail.

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Our size, about 60 personnel including faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research technicians, and administrative support staff, is conducive to collaborations between groups, and many of the faculty have joint appointments in the Departments of Biochemistry, Medicine, or Cell & Molecular Biology.

We invite you to browse our department website, and encourage inquiries about our academic programs at any time. For detailed information about our graduate program, including the MD/PhD, please visit our graduate program page.