New biophysics graduate program draws leading faculty from across the University

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Office of Communications, Liz Fuller-Wright, Princeton University
Oct. 18, 2022

Princeton is launching a Ph.D. program in biophysics for students who want to study at the interface between living systems and physics, at every scale from molecules to ecosystems, including both experimental and theoretical work.

The multidisciplinary program is led by professors from across the University: from the Lewis-Sigler Institute of Integrative Genomics, which administers the program, as well as the Departments of Chemistry, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Computer Science, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, and Physics.

“In my opinion, we have the strongest theoretical biophysics group anywhere,” said Joshua Shaevitz, the director of graduate studies for the new program who is also a professor of physics and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. “We have Nobel Prize winners in this area. We have people who just won the Breakthrough Prize for phase separation — liquid-liquid phase separation — which is the core of molecular biophysics. We have a very strong group in imaging and microscopy. A number of people are involved in experimental physics, designing and building new kinds of tools.”

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