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Biophysics is an interdisciplinary science that uses the methods of physical science to study biological systems. Studies included under the branches of biophysics span all levels of biological organization, from the molecular scale to whole organisms and ecosystems. Biophysical research shares significant overlap with biochemistry, nanotechnology, bioengineering, agrophysics and systems biology.

Molecular biophysics typically addresses biological questions that are similar to those in biochemistry and molecular biology, but the questions are approached quantitatively. Scientists in this field conduct research concerned with understanding the interactions between the various systems of a cell, including the interactions between DNA, RNA and protein biosynthesis, as well as how these interactions are regulated. A great variety of techniques are used to answer these questions.

Fluorescent imaging techniques, as well as electron microscopy, x-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM) are often used to visualize structures of biological significance. Conformational change in structure can be measured using techniques such as dual polarisation interferometry and circular dichroism. Direct manipulation of molecules using optical tweezers or AFM can also be used to monitor biological events where forces and distances are at the nanoscale. Molecular biophysicists often consider complex biological events as systems of interacting units which can be understood through statistical mechanics, thermodynamics and chemical kinetics. By drawing knowledge and experimental techniques from a wide variety of disciplines, biophysicists are often able to directly observe, model or even manipulate the structures and interactions of individual molecules or complexes of molecules.

In addition to traditional (i.e. molecular and cellular) biophysical topics like structural biology or enzyme kinetics, modern biophysics encompasses an extraordinarily broad range of research, from bioelectronics to quantum biology. It is becoming increasingly common for biophysicists to apply the models and experimental techniques derived from physics, as well as mathematics and statistics (see biomathematics), to larger systems such as tissues, organs, populations and ecosystems.

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Biophysics Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
Keynote Scholarship $10,000 December 02, 2016
Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Scholarship $10,000 December 02, 2016
Dean of Science Scholarship for Continuing Students - IUPUI Up to $2,500 May 15, 2017
Hans P. Loewen Scholarship $2,000 February 01, 2017
Dean of Science Scholarship - IUPUI Up to $2,000 May 15, 2017
Cunico Scholarship $1,850 March 03, 2017
Novus Biologicals Scholarship $1,500 December 06, 2016
Riley Thomas Greer Scholarship $1,000 June 01, 2017
Science Student Grant Fund $1,000 December 01, 2016
Brinegar Endowed Scholarship $1,000 December 01, 2016