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Wake Forest has a significant group of faculty conducting research and teaching in biophysics on both the Reynolda Campus and at the Medical School. There are multiple ways to become involved in biophysics at Wake.

At the Undergraduate level 

BS in Biophysics

The physics department offers a degree in biophysics. This degree combines two years of instruction in core physics classes, along with the relevant math classes, with additional training in chemistry, biology, and biophysics specifically as well as at least one semester of research. This major is particularly attractive to pre-med students, as well as students interested in graduate school in biophysics or bioengineering. Students in this degree program are members of the physics department, and are advised by either Dr. Salsbury or Dr. Cook in alternating years. Students who declare in 2015-16 will be advised by Dr. Salsbury; students who declare in 2016-17 will be advised by Dr. Cook.

Undergraduate Research in Biophysics

The physics department has several research groups who focus on biophysics, both experimentally and computationally. All of the research groups involve undergraduate students in their research. Depending on the student and advisor, the research can be for credit (PHY 381), for pay or volunteer. Interested student's can browse through faculty interests and contact the faculty for more information.

Undergraduate Course Work in Biophysics

There are three biophysics courses offered at Wake Forest through the physics and computer science departments:

  • PHY 307/325 Biophysics with laboratory (4hr) An introduction to methods in biophysics. Usually offered in the Spring of even-numbered years.  (Spring 2016 for example)
  • PHY 320 Physics of Biological Macromolecules (3hr) An introduction to the biochemistry and physics of proteins and nucleic acids. Usually offered in the Fall of even-numbered years.  (Fall 2016 for example)
  • PHY 385/CS385 Bioinformatics (3hr) An introduction to bioinformatics taught by the CS department. Usually offered in the Fall of odd-numbered years (Fall 2015 for example)

At the Graduate Level

Certificate in Structural & Computational Biophysics

The graduate school of arts & sciences offers a certificate to students who are doing research in structural or computational biophysics or biology.  This certificate is designed to guarantee additional interdisciplinary training on top of an MS or PhD and to certify that training. Email Dr. Salsbury, the program director, if interested. Click here for the formal graduate bulletin listing.

Graduate  Course Work in Biophysics

700-level Courses in Structural & Computational Biophysics

There is both a discussion group (SCB 710) and a journal club (SCB 701), which are required for the SCB certificate, but which are generally open to any interested graduate student. Email Dr. Salsbury, if interested.

600-level Biophysics Courses 

There are four biophysics courses in offered at Wake Forest through the physics and computer science departments:

  • PHY 607/625 Biophysics with laboratory (4hr) An introduction to methods in biophysics. Usually offered in the Spring of even-numbered years.  (Spring 2016 for example)
  • PHY 620 Physics of Biological Macromolecules (3hr) An introduction to the biochemistry and physics of proteins and nucleic acids. Usually offered in the Fall of even-numbered years.  (Fall 2016 for example)
  • PHY 661 Biophysics Seminar (1hr) A seminar course in which students present papers and research. Usually offered every Spring.
  • PHY 685/CS685 Bioinformatics (3hr) An introduction to bioinformatics taught by the CS department. Usually offered in the Fall of odd-numbered years (Fall 2015 for example)

F32 NIH Training Grant on Structural and Computational Biophysics 

Wake Forest University has a grant to support exceptional graduate students from the departments of biochemistry, chemistry, molecular medicine, and physics, who are working with training grant faculty in structural and computational biophysics. The training grant faculty are a subset of the SCB certificate faculty. The training grant PIs are Drs. Poole and Lyles from biochemistry and calls for application come out annually in the late Spring.