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The Biophysics Group in the School of Physics at Georgia Tech seeks to understand how physics can inform questions of structure, function and dynamics in biological systems, and to study fundamental physics questions posed by biological systems. Faculty associated with the group work on problems in a range of biological length and time scales: from evolution of planetary ecosystems over hundreds of millions of years to locomotion of 10 cm long lizards running on sand at 1 m/sec, to the mechanics of  ~20 micron diameter cells and their dynamics on second to minute time scales, to assembly of viruses within 100 msec to the study of how DNA packing influences transcriptional dynamics and activity at the molecular level.


First name Last name Research Interests Primary Research Website
Simon Sponberg Neuromechancis, Locomotor Control, Multiscale Physics of Muscle, Maneuverability, Computational Neuroscience Sponberg Lab Website
Peter Yunker Colloids, disordered solids, hierarchical structures, self- and directed-assembly of proteins, fluid-fluid interfaces Yunker Lab - Experimental Soft Matter Physics
Jennifer Curtis Cell mechanics. Physics and function of the cell coat. Phagocytosis. Nano-patterned interfaces for probing cells. Optogenetics. Curtis Lab Website
Flavio Fenton Complex Systems and excitable media. Experimental physiology. High performance computing and GPU Fenton Lab Website
Daniel Goldman The biomechanics of locomotion of organisms and robots on and within complex materials. Physics of granular media. Goldman Lab Website (contains up-to-date info on publications, news, CV, etc)
James (JC) Gumbart Computational simulations of complex biophysical phenomena involving proteins and other biomolecules Gumbart Lab Website
Stephen Harvey Macromolecular structure and dynamics related to biofunction. Structure-function relationships in the ribosome. Viral Assembly
Harold Kim Single-molecule and single-cell studies of genome architecture. Harold Kim Lab Website
Thomas Orlando Electron and photon stimulated interface & surface processes. Environmental Chem. & planetary surface science. Biophysical Chem. Orlando Lab Website
Elisa Riedo Nano-confined Liquids. Nanotribology. NanoMechanics. ThermoChemical NanoLithography. 2D Materials Riedo Lab Website
Roger Wartell RNA based regulation of gene expression. RNA-protein interaction. Thermodynamics of DNA and RNA structural motifs
Joshua Weitz Theoretical ecology. Viral-host interactions. Biological networks. Weitz Lab Website
Cheng Zhu Biomechanics of cell adhesion and signaling molecules of the immune system and the vascular systems. Zhu Lab Website