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Biological Physics

Biophysics takes a physicist's approach to understanding biological systems. Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Quantum Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics all apply as governing principles for the physics of life. There are many groups within and affiliated with the UW Physics Department that are interested in learning about the ways in which life is governed by or takes advantage of these principles to achieve various ends. Our research goals range from applied research, such as building a device capable of sequencing proteins, to fundamental research, such as learning what statistical physics can teach us about evolutionary processes. Our research groups are highly collaborative within the department and across campus. Several adjunct and affiliate faculty also advise physics graduate students in biophysics research.

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