Jenkins Biophysics Program

Biophysics research plays a leading role in uncovering the beauty and intricacies of how biology works. Coupling math and physics with biochemistry, the strength of biophysics lies in analyzing biological systems in a quantitative fashion. In the Thomas C. Jenkins Department of Biophysics, we use cutting edge experimental techniques and modeling to gain mechanistic insight into a wide range of key biological questions. Our department is a community of graduate, undergraduate, and postdoctoral researchers, and our mission is to provide the highest quality education, support, and training for carrying out world-class science.

The Jenkins Biophysics Program is designed for students interested in obtaining a doctorate in biophysics. Students joining this program carry out their doctoral research with a faculty member in the Department of Biophysics. This program is financially supported through departmental funds, and therefore can support international students who are ineligible for NIH training grants.

News & Announcements

  • Karen Fleming to Receive 2023 Avanti Award in Lipids
    September 6, 2022 – Biophysics Department Professor Karen Fleming, will receive the Biophysical Society 2023 Avanti Award in Lipids. Fleming will be honored at the Society’s 67th Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, February 18-22, 2023. Dr. Fleming is recognized for her groundbreaking contributions to our fundamental understanding of membrane protein stability, folding, biogenesis and insertion […]
  • Sarah Woodson to Receive the 2023 Ignacio Tinoco Award
    September 6, 2022 – Biophysics Department Professor Sarah Woodson will receive the Biophysical Society 2023 Ignacio Tinoco Award. Woodson will be honored at the Society’s 67th Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, February 18-22, 2023. Woodson is recognized for her inspiring work on RNA folding and the assembly of RNA-protein complexes using cutting-edge biophysical methods […]
  • Margaret Johnson Promoted to Associate Professor
    The Jenkins department is delighted to announce that Maggie Johnson has been promoted to Associate Professor. Maggie joined the department in 2013, following a postdoc in Gerhard Hummer’s lab at the NIH, and graduate training with Theresa Head Gordon at UC Berkeley. Maggie is a dyed-in-the-wool computational biophysicist, who has used computation as a tool to […]
  • Dr. Basilio Cieza Huaman Defends Thesis
    On July 25th, Jenkins Biophysics Program graduate Dr. Basilio Cieza Huaman successfully defended his thesis titled: “Investigation of Molecular Condensates Using a Reaction-Diffusion Master Equation Model”. Congratulations Basilio!
  • Sua Myong Promoted to Full Professor
    Warm congratulations to Dr. Sua Myong on her promotion to the rank of Full Professor this year! Since arriving in the Jenkins Department of Biophysics in 2015, Sua has continued to advance our knowledge of the structure, physical chemistry and function of G-quadruplexes using single-molecule and biochemical studies. She has pioneered a highly successful line […]