Biophysics – Niels Bohr Institute - University of Copenhagen

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Biophysics at the Niels Bohr Institute

Biophysics is an interdisciplinary research area between physics and biology. Living nature and biological phenomena can be explored using the principles and methods applied in physics. For example, the theory of an electric circuit can be used to describe how signals are transmitted in the brain, and the laws of thermodynamics in physics can explain how nerves function and how sedatives act in the nerve cells.

Biologists and physicists often conduct joint research projects in this field. The biologists often perform the experiments, and the physicists calculate the mathematical equations and models that provide an overview and explain the processes that occur at molecular level.

  • StemPhys

    The Danish National Research Foundation Center for Stem Cell Decision Making (StemPhys) will commence in April 2015.

  • Bio Networks

    The groups Bio Networks and Center for Models of Life conduct research into the fundamental mechanisms of biological systems.

  • Complex Systems

    Scientists have shown that different types of complex systems have the same fundamental structure - from the Internet to cellular level.   

  • Biophysics - Optical Tweezers

    The research is conducted on live cells by means of optical tweezers, which can work right down to nanometre scale at molecular level.  

  • Biophysical Membranes

    By applying the principles of physics, the group explores how proteins and chemical substances pass through both biological and artificial membranes.  

  • Uni-Bio Lab

    We use mathematical models and quantitative experiments to investigate how individual cells and cellular populations rapidly adapt to changes in the environment.