We seek to understand the fundamental processes of life by applying the methods of physics and chemistry to biological systems. Understanding these biological systems and their complex processes requires exquisitely detailed knowledge of molecular structures and functions. Our graduate program aims to train students for investigating life at this most basic level. We use some of the most powerful tools such as X ray crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy, optical and laser spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, and advanced computational science.
Cornell Biophysics encompasses a diversity of research topics. We are particularly interested in Membrane Biophysics, Molecular Structure, Imaging & Instrumentation, Molecular & Cellular Dynamics, Single Molecule Biophysics, Systems Biophysics, and Biomaterial Mechanics. Because our research has great potential for solving long-standing problems in medicine, biomedical engineering, and agriculture, graduates of the biophysics program have a variety of career options. They teach, conduct research, work for government agencies, and pursue a range of opportunities in industry.