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Cell and molecular biophysics

Living cells crawl, eat, grow, duplicate themselves, sense the world around them, signal each other, and work together in communities to form the organs and tissues of every living thing.  The aim of cell and molecular biophysics is to explain how these exquisite behaviors arise from physical interactions between molecules.  Biophysicists apply the principles of quantitative physical science to study fundamental problems in biology.  Often, this means building new instruments, and testing quantitative models of biological phenomena.  In a sense, biophysics is an exploration of the boundary between living things, and inanimate molecules.


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Chip Asbury

Molecular basis of biological motion

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Daniel Cook

Physiological knowledge representation for multiscale biosimulation: Key to the virtual human

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Peter Detwiler

Cellular and molecular properties of sensory transducers

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Sharona Gordon

Molecular basis of sensory transduction

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Bertil Hille

Properties of ionic channels and receptors in excitable membranes

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Duk-Su Koh

Modulation of exocytotic secretion

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Nicholas Poolos

Physiology of neuronal dendrites

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Bruce Ransom

Physiology of glial cells; pathophysiology of ischemic brain tissue injury

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Mike Regnier

Molecular mechanisms of striated muscle contractile regulation

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Fred Rieke

Signal transduction in the visual system

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Luis Fernando Santana

Ca2+ signaling in cardiac and vascular smooth muscle

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William Spain

Properties of neocortex

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Jane Sullivan

Cellular and molecular mechanisms controlling synaptic transmission

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Linda Wordeman

Cell division; Molecular motors

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William Zagotta

Molecular mechanisms of ion channel function