What is Biophysics?

Is the term Biophysics new to you or confusing?  Perhaps you are unsure exactly what is biophysicists study or which innovative and exciting discoveries have been made using biophysics methods and techniques? That’s because it is a relatively new field!  Biophysics began as a scientific discipline in the middle of the twentieth century…only sixty years ago.  Visit the online  What is Biophysics brochure and the What is Biophysics pamphlet to gain a broad view of the field.


What is Biophysics Week?

Biophysics Week is an annual event started in 2016 to celebrate and raise awareness of the field.


How Do You Define Biophysics?

#MYBIOPHYSICS

Is it what you study? How you study it? Or, you just know it when you see it?  To show the world just how amazing and diverse biophysics research is, we are collecting stories—from you!  Make the video alone, or with colleagues and lab mates. Your choice.

Send us your 45 second video explaining your biophysics to a general audience. We also encourage you to share your video via social media on the Society’s pages as well as on yours with the hashtag #mybiophysics.  We will use these videos during Biophysics Week to demonstrate just how amazing biophysics — and biophysicists -- are! 

For inspiration, here are three sample #mybiophysics videos, as well as video of 2016 annual meeting attendees offering their definition of biophysics.

   

What is the 2018 Featured Image?

Influenza Budding Prints

Jesper Madsen, John M. A. Grime, and Gregory A. Voth
University of Chicago

Snapshots from a molecular simulation of budding where the membrane envelope has a constricted neck. A spherical polymer brush "fuzzball" guides the membrane shape by an attractive interaction; a minimalist method for representing the effects of the protein coat in influenza virus. Inspired by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.