Sukharev, Sergei I., Full Member
Fushman, David, Full Member
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Program Title and Classification
Graduate Degree Program
College: Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
The Biophysics Program in the Institute for Physical Science and Technology offers Ph.D. degrees in Biophysics. It is affiliated with the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, and the College of Engineering. Doctoral degrees are offered.
The Maryland Biophysics Program aims to train graduate students in the use of theoretical, computational, and experimental methods to gain quantitative insights into biological systems. The post genomic era is bringing tools for unprecedented characterization and control of living systems. To fully harness these tools for quantitative insights in biology, biomedicine, and bioengineering requires expertise from a number of disciplines. Thus our program includes faculty from Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Materials Science and Bioengineering. The Biophysics Program is open to students with undergraduate degrees in chemistry, physics or biology as well as students with majors in mathematics, computational science or engineering. Because student backgrounds are diverse, we tailor the curriculum to suit the needs of the individual. The online application is located at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research areas include Membranes and channels, Theory of molecular machines and motors, Cell mechanics, Motility and the cytoskeleton, Theoretical studies of protein and RNA folding and aggregation, Single molecule biophysics, Theory of hydrophobic and electrostatic interactions Scattering Techniques in RNA and Polymers Protein Structure, Nonlinear dynamics and biophysics of biological regulation, Mechanisms of allostery and protein assembly. The core courses that include but are not limited to Statistical Mechanics, Chemical Thermodynamics, Biophysical Chemistry, Membrane Biophysics and Cell Biology, constitute the basis for further specialization.
- Statement of Purpose: In addition to the questions requested by the Graduate School, applicants should include content, both backwards and forwards looking, about their interests in the University of Maryland’s Biophysics Ph.D. program
- TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (international graduate students)
- Letters of Recommendation (3)
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Students dedicated to a career in experimental or theoretical biophysics are sought.
For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website: https://gradschool.umd.edu/admissions
|Type of Applicant||Fall|
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at http://www.marylandbiophysics.umd.edu
Master of Science (M.S.)
|Total Credits||Core Requirements|
Thesis option: 30 credits required with at least 18 at the 600 level or above (including thesis research)
Non-thesis option: 30 credits required with at least 18 at the 600 level or above
All students must complete the following requirements:
1. Advanced biophysics lab
2. Advanced course
3. Two semesters of seminars
4. Oral Presentation
Non-thesis students must also submit a scholarly paper and pass the qualifying examination at the M.S. level.
Thesis students must also complete 6 credits of BIPH 799: Master's Thesis Research and submit a written thesis.
The Master of Science offers both a thesis and non-thesis option.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Doctoral students are required to pass a qualifying exam, submit and present a candidacy paper, as well as complete the following courses:
BIPH 698: Biophysics Seminar (2 credits)
BIPH 699: Research in Biophysics (4 credits)
BIPH 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research (12 credits)
One course, Research in Biophysics, which consists of three seven week rotations through three experimental or theoretical research groups, is required of all students. A short presentation must be made to all students at the end of each rotation. Students must meet and report their progress to a three-person mentoring committee starting with the first semester. A qualifier exam must be passed. Admission to candidacy is granted after the successful presentation of a research proposal to the Program Director and the three-member committee. A dissertation must be written and defended before a committee.
Facilities and Special Resources
Eleven of the eighteen faculty run experimental laboratories. Multiple experiments are conducted at the same time with graduate students working on the experiments. A Biophysics Seminar is run on the average of once a week, generally given by visiting scholars. For those students electing to take the Seminar for credit, one credit is offered, and these students must sign in each week. Faculty form three-person committees to mentor students, as mentioned above. Symposia consisting of about six nationally and internationally known scholars are conducted once a semester on various topics. These are well attended by students, postdocs, faculty and visitors from local institutions such as NIH and Johns Hopkins.
TAships, RAships, Fellowships, arrangements for support from the National Institutes of Health.
Professor Sergei Sukharev, Biophysics Program Director
3216 Biology-Psychology Building
University of Maryland
College Park MD, 20742
Telephone: (301) 405-6923
Fax: (301) 314-9404
Souad Nejjar, Program Coordinator
2123 Institute for Physical Science & Tech
8108 Regents Drive
College Park MD, 20742
Telephone: (301) 405-9307
Fax: (301) 314-9404
* Biophysics * Membranes and channels * Biological nanomachines(molecular motors, chaperones,polymerases, F1-ATPase) * Cell Mechanics and Motility, * Protein, RNA folding * Protein aggregation * Single molecule biophysics * Mechanisms of allostery and protein assembly