The Biophysics Graduate Group is an independent PhD program at UC Berkeley. Our program trains graduate students for careers at the interface of the biological and physical sciences.

Approximately 58 faculty members are affiliated with the Biophysics Group, spanning over a dozen departments and groups at UC Berkeley. Students can also work with faculty who are outside of the group.


Why Biophysics @ Berkeley?

Many of the tools and methods that drive progress in the biosciences are drawn from the physical and computational sciences. Current trends require that the next generation of scientists acquire expertise in both the biological and physical sciences, with research experience that overlaps traditional academic boundaries. We strive to offer that experience to PhD students in our program at Berkeley.

The Biophysics Graduate Group is a member of the QB3-Berkeley Program in Quantitative Biosciences, and is also part of the Division of Biological Sciences. Click here and here (pdf/brochure) for more information on biology programs at Berkeley.
Current News

1/2015, recent Biophysics graduate Anna Schneider is named one of Forbes’ 30 under 30: Energy. For more information, please click here.

11/2014, Jennifer Doudna and two teams of cosmologists led by Nobel Laureates Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess, a former UC Berkeley post-doc, were named 2015 Breakthrough Prize winners in life sciences and physics, respectively. For more information, please visit the UC Berkeley News Center.

10/2014, George Oster, faculty in ESPM and Biophysics, is awarded the Sackler Prize in Biophysics. For more information, please visit the Sackler Prize announcement website.

6/2014, Kelly Clancy, a recent Biophysics graduate, wins the Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation. For more information, please click here.

What about Funding?

As you consider Berkeley as your possible home for graduate research, there are a few important FAQs to keep in mind concerning graduate funding. Click here for more information.


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