Bridging the complexity of life and the simplicity of physical laws is the challenge of biophysics. An interdisciplinary frontier of science, biophysics uses the principles and techniques of physics to study living things and how they work. Conversely, the complex richness of biological systems provides fertile ground for discovering new physics.
For example, biophysicists have brought expertise in the theory of electromagnetic radiation to develop and implement new techniques for imaging living organisms. These methods, such as electron microscopy, computer-aided tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging, have revolutionized both basic research and clinical medicine. Furthermore, biophysicists have paved the way for understanding how neurons work and communicate in networks, a fundamental key in unraveling the mysteries of the brain.
Biophysics is a Specialised Honours BSc degree program offered by the Department of Physics and Astronomy with the collaboration of the Department of Biology.
Further research-based graduate-level studies may be pursued in the physics or biology graduate programs.