Molecular Biophysics Training Program at Northwestern University

Project: Research project

Project Details


This proposal requests continued support for the pre-doctoral Molecular Biophysics Training Program at Northwestern University. Since its establishment in 1990, the training program has played a major role in strengthening intellectual ties and stimulating interdisciplinary collaborations between preceptors and students in seven departments in the schools of arts & sciences, medicine, and engineering. Program preceptors conduct basic biomedical research on a broad range of topics that fall into one or more of the following categories: biophysics, biochemistry, structural biology, and computational biology. A variety of biological questions exploring molecular phenomena that impact gene transcription, translation, metal trafficking and homeostasis, electron transfer, mitochondrial positioning, viral fusion, chromosome structure, DNA-centric processes, RNA maturation, proteostasis, transport processes within the cell and across cell membranes, metabolic networks, and cellular signaling are being studied using physical approaches and/or principles. Crucial to the success of these endeavors is the ready availability of an extraordinary array of state-of-the-art instrumentation in research facilities staffed with highly-qualified personnel. Trainees of the program thus have unparalleled opportunities to receive training in many areas of contemporary molecular biophysics. Potential student trainees enter the training program through one of seven graduate programs. The training program has established a core biophysics curriculum that is taken by every trainee, allowing students from diverse backgrounds to share a common didactic experience. Trainees have numerous opportunities to develop oral presentation skills at a variety of program-sponsored forums that range from intimate settings including journal clubs and trainee seminars held every month to larger audiences at the monthly intra-mural seminars and the annual symposium. Extramural seminars and the annual symposiu
Effective start/end date7/1/165/31/22


  • National Institute of General Medical Sciences (5T32GM008382-28)


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