Biophysics and Structural Biology
Biophysics studies biological systems from the perspective of physical sciences. In this new and interdisciplinary area, biological phenomena and structures are studied and explained using the ideas and quantitative methods of Physics and Chemistry. Such methods are particularly suited for studying macromolecules of great importance in biomedical science, such as proteins involved in infectious diseases, cancer, heart diseases, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Biophysics researchers at Rensselaer are tackling key questions in energy transduction, molecular motors, protein folding, protein structures and protein dynamics. A variety of methods are being employed to address these questions, include X-ray crystallography, electron microscopy, single molecule imaging, nuclear magnetic resonance, surface plasmon resonance, muscle mechanics, and molecular modeling.
Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Physics, Applied Physics, & Astronomy