A relatively young and interdisciplinary field compared with the traditional sciences of physics and chemistry, biophysics holds great promise for new understandings and practical applications. One team of biophysicists at Cornell, the Structure-Based Drug Design Group, is applying advanced techniques for determining three-dimensional molecular structures to the development of new methods for creating novel drugs. Combining the X-ray diffraction patterns of crystals, the results of high-resolution, multidimensional NMR spectroscopy and advanced computational methods, the biophysicists study the molecular architecture of specific target proteins, such as viral components, at atomic resolution to gain insight into the design of new inhibitors that could bind and disable those proteins.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- How to apply to Cornell's Field of Biophysics?
General information about who should apply and how to obtain an application form.
- Researching Life at the Molecular Level at Cornell
What is Biophysics?
Highlights of some of the research being conducted within Cornell's Field of Biophysics.
- Graduate Study Courses
- What types of courses are offered, and what are the course requirements?
A detailed description of the interdisciplinary and highly individualized plan of study in Cornell's Field of Biophysics can be found in the Biophysics Handbook.
- Research Facilities
What special research opportunities does Cornell offer?
At Cornell, biophysics students use the most sophisticated research facilities devoted to X-ray crystallography, optical, laser and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and computation. A brief description of our unique constellation of research facilities, and links to facility Web pages.
- Research Interests of the Faculty
Who might I have common interests with, and how can I contact them?
A list of Biophysics faculty and links to their own Web pages.
- Biophysics Seminar Series
How do Cornell biophysicists keep current in their field?
Weekly seminars show-case the recent research of visiting scientists, who also meet with students for a "Meet the Speaker" pizza lunch. Schedule for current Cornell Biophysics Colloquia, supported by the Program in Biophysics, including a list of invited speakers and their presentation titles.
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Links to Biophysics sites around the world