Beginning in the 1930’s and through today, UW-Madison has maintained a strong tradition in cutting-edge molecular biophysics. The Biophysics Program was born in 1964, when the University established a non-departmental Ph.D. Degree Program in Biophysics. At the time, it was aimed primarily at undergraduate physics and chemistry majors. In 1965, an NIH Biophysics Training Grant was awarded, the NIH-funded Molecular Biophysics Training Program (MBTP). The Biophysics Program and MBTP share a parallel history over 50 years, during which they nucleated and supported the dramatic growth in molecular biophysics on the UW-Madison campus.
Over the decades, the program has naturally expanded to embrace the reality of today’s interdisciplinary and collaborative science. From an original group of 5 trainers in 3 departments, the program now includes over 50 faculty trainers affiliated with 12 departments that span four colleges. The Biophysics Program has grown to become a dynamic and flexible program focused on structure, function, spectroscopy, computation and all most quantitative aspects of modern biology. The program is strong of a diverse pool of exceptional students with backgrounds across biology, physics, chemistry, and bioengineering.
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