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Prof. Doug Barrick recently published “Biomolecular Thermodynamics: From Theory to Application”

Prof. Barrick’s book provides a comprehensive, contemporary introduction to developing a quantitative understanding of how biological macromolecules behave using classical and statistical thermodynamics. Dr. Barrick focuses on practical skills needed to apply the underlying equations in real life examples. The text develops mechanistic models, showing how they connect to thermodynamic observables, presenting simulations of thermodynamic […]


Bertrand Garcia-Moreno, Sua Myong, and Taekjip Ha among the Johns Hopkins Discovery Awards: 2017 Awardees

In 2017, 23 Category 1 Discovery Awards and 3 Category 2 Discovery Awards were given to interdisciplinary faculty teams across nine Johns Hopkins divisions. From investigating the use of advanced hydrogels in post-stroke rehabilitation to filming the first documentary about women conductors to determining whether metadata from mobile phones can be used to monitor demographic trends—such as […]


Prof. Karen Fleming Wins 2016 Thomas E. Thompson Award

Karen Fleming, professor in the Department of Biophysics, is the recipient of the 2016 Thomas E. Thompson Award from the Biophysical Society for her contribution in the field of membrane structure and assembly.


Biophysics Major Named NSF Graduate Research Fellow

The National Science Foundation has selected 2,000 Graduate Research Fellows from across the country, including 18 current Johns Hopkins University students. Shawn Costello is a senior graduating with a degree in biophysics. Shawn’s research, performed in Karen Fleming’s laboratory, has focused on the kinetics of bacterial outer membrane protein biogenesis. In the fall Shawn will begin a PhD in biophysics at the University of California, Berkeley.


Amazing Spider Silk: Super-Elastic Proteins Key to Spider Web’s Stretchiness

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Biophysicists at Johns Hopkins University have discovered one of the keys to the super-elasticity of spiders’ webs, finding that proteins in the silk used to make the webs act like supersprings and can stretch to five times their initial length. Read the article on The Hub.


Biophysics Major Quenton Bubb Awarded Prestigious Marshall Scholarship

Quenton Bubb, a Johns Hopkins senior majoring in biophysics, will be studying in the Chemistry Department at Cambridge University. The Marshall Scholarship offers him a chance to join the world-class research lab led by Jane Clarke at Cambridge, where he’ll study the biophysics of intrinsically disordered proteins. Read the article on The Hub.


New Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Joining Biophysics Department

Taekjip “TJ” Ha is a world leader in single-molecule biology and intracellular imaging. With appointments across the schools of Medicine, Arts and Sciences, and Engineering, Ha will teach an interdisciplinary biophysics course for undergraduate students and conduct research in three labs on two Johns Hopkins campuses. Read more on The Hub.