Biophysics is one of the newest branches in physics, in which the knowledge of physics is quantitatively applied to biological systems. This is a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field, currently listed as one of the high demand fields in the United States. Biophysics is an extremely broad field ranging from global warming to the human nervous system. During the last two decades a number of biophysics methods have been developed to study individual biomolecules. These single molecule biophysics techniques provide the ability to monitor biological processes at a fundamental level without ensemble averaging.
The Single Molecule Biophysics Lab at Bridgewater State is built to introduce this promising field to our students. The lab is located on the second floor of the Dana Mohler-Faria Science Center. Our undergraduate researchers have built a dual beam optical tweezers setup to conduct state of the art single molecule biophysics research. We also conduct research in collaboration with the Williams Lab at Northeastern University and the Gelles Lab at Brandeis University.
If you are a student at Bridgewater State University with a solid physics background and are interested in gaining experience in instrumentation and research, please email Dr. Thaya Paramanathan (firstname.lastname@example.org) expressing your interest. We have projects with several different aspects including electronics, optical alignment and computer programming. There are additional possibilities for summer research projects at Northeastern and Brandeis for promising students.