Faculty list in Alphabetical Order

The Field of Biophysics encompasses many Departments across the Cornell campus. Here is a list of Core Faculty in the Field of Biophysics:

  • Yimon Aye: Method development in chemical biology; redox physiology in living systems; biophysical and biochemical regulation of redox-dependent enzymes
  • Barbara A. Baird/David Holowka:  Structure and molecular mechanisms of cell surface immunoreceptors; protein chemistry.
  • John W. Brady, Jr.: Molecular biophysics; molecular dynamics simulations (MD); neutron diffraction experiments; aqueous solutions; biopolymer interactions; carbohydrates.
  • Richard A. Cerione:  Signal transsduction; protein structure; drug design.
  • Joshua Chappie: Structural biology, biophysics, protein biochemistry, bacterial pathogenesis and defense systems, infection/agent, intracellular trafficking, nucleotide-driven molecular machines, molecular membrane remodeling, protein-nucleic acid interactions.
  • Peng Chen:  Single-molecule spectroscopy, metallochaperone protein interaction, metalloregulator-DNA interaction, nanoparticle catalysis.
  • Itai Cohen: Origami, origami mechanics, origami metamaterials, origami robotics, complex fluids, colloids, rheology, colloid rheology, shear thickening, tunable shear thickening, shear thinning, confocal rheoscope, SALSA, suspension stresses, cartilage mechanics, cartilage biology, biolocomotion, insect flight, insect flight control, insect neuroscience, plant root growth, mosh pits, physics of crowds
  • Harold Craighead:  Nanostructures, biotechnology; DNA analysis: biosensors; molecular motors.
  • Brian Crane/Alexandrine Bilwes:  Bioinorganic catalysis; protein structure; electron transfer; light and redox sensing.
  • Iwijn De Vlaminck: Biophysics, genomics, single cell genomics, molecular diagnostics
  • Gerald W. Feigenson:  Biological membranes and membrane proteins; fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy; membrane phase behavior.. 
  • Chris Fromme:  Biological membrane transport; GTPase regulation of protein trafficking; X-ray crystallography. 
  • Jack Freed:  Electron spin resonance; dynamic structure of membranes; protein structure and dynamics..
  • Sol Gruner:  Structure and properties of soft matter; biomaterials; X-ray instrumentation and methods.
  • Toshi Kawate: Molecular mechanisms of extracellular signaling; membrane receptors; ion channels; X-ray crystallography; electrophysiology; biochemistry
  • Ailong Ke:  Structure and function studies of RNA and RNA-protein complexes.
  • Michael Kotlikoff:  Muscle biology, mouse genetics, molecular imaging, ion channels.
  • Lena F. Kourkoutis: Structure and function of subcellular components; cryo-electron microscopy instrumentation and methods; processes at hard/soft interfaces
  • Manfred Lindau: Mechanisms of exocytosis and endocytosis.
  • Roger F. Loring: Nonequilibrium statistical mechanics; semiclassical approximations to quantum dynamics; nonlinear infrared spectroscopy of biomolecules.
  • Yuxin Mao:  X-ray protein crystallography; membrane trafficking; phosphoinositide signaling pathway.
  • Linda Nicholson:  Multidimensional NMR studies of the biological basis of protein regulation.
  • Robert Oswald:  Ion channel receptor/ligand interactions; NMR and molecular dynamics.
  • Matthew Paszek: Mechano-transduction; membrane biophysics; super-resolution imaging; cancer biophysics.
  • Poul Petersen: Interfacial water; biological water; proton transfer; chirality.
  • Lois Pollack: Folding and conformational changes of proteins and nucleic acids.
  • James P. Sethna: Statistical mechanics; condensed-matter physics; biophysics; systems biology; materials science.
  • David I. Shalloway:  Computational protein folding and dynamics; algorithms for structure-based drug design.
  • Holger Sondermann:  Regulation in cellular transduction; structural biology; enzyme kinetics; biochemistry.
  • Robert E. Thorne:  materials physics problems in structural genomics; disorder and disordering mechanisms in protein crystals; radiation damage and its mitigation; cryopreservation techniques; development of new hardware; synchrotron-based imaging and diffraction; atomic force microscopy; light scattering; nanofabrication.
  • Michelle Wang:  Molecular motors; mechanics of gene expression; RNA polymerase; biopolymers.
  • Mingming Wu: Directed cell migration mediated by ligand-receptor binding; cancer biology; microfluidics; optical microscopy.
  • Chris Xu: Biomedical imaging, fiber optics, optical instrumentation.
  • Warren R. Zipfel: Optical microscopy; multiphoton imaging; fluorescence spectroscopy and bioanalytical methods; cancer biology.

Biophysics Faculty located in New York City

  • Harel Weinstein, Professor, Dept. of Physiology & Biophysics
    Weill Medical College, NYC
  • Chris Sander, Head of Computational Biology Center
    Sloan-Kettering Institute, NYC

Faculty affiliated with Biophysics

Emeritus Faculty

  • Watt W. Webb:  Membrane biophysics; ion channels; receptor signaling mechanisms; physical optics.