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Biophysics Topics & Research | U-M LSA Biophysics

Laboratory research is an essential part of the Biophysics undergraduate experience. The University of Michigan is one of the largest research universities in the world and with nearly 50 faculty members to choose from, so many interesting and exciting Biophysics research projects await the curious student. Doing these projects not only enhances your curriculum, but will establish your ability to undertake the kind of research expected by most graduate programs as well as greatly increasing your chances of getting into top graduate programs and medical schools

Undergraduate Biophysics Research Opportunities

Research opportunities within the Biophysics program can be done in a variety of ways.

Student Opportunities Information

1.  Biophysics 399 (1-4 credits)

At least 2 credits are required for the Biophysics major. Students must obtain an override from the Biophysics program prior to registering for 399. Students wishing to do research in a laboratory outside the program must identify a Biophysics faculty co-sponsor who will serve as your 'instructor' point of contact within the program. When you enroll in 399, you will be enrolled under your Biophysics co-sponsor's section. You are required correspond with your Biophysics faculty co-sponsor about your progress. Your faculty PI will be responsible for corresponding with the Biophysics faculty co-sponsor about your final grade. 

Each credit is equivalent to at least three hours a week of actual work for a 14 week term (minimum 50 hours per term-credit hour). You should give yourself enough time to consult with faculty regarding how many credit hours you should take.

All students are required to take some sort of lab safety training PRIOR to their first time performing research in a lab. This can be done by watching a safety video in the Science Learning Center (1720 Chem) or by taking a class offered by EHS. Please consult your faculty research advisor for specific instructions. Any other questions can be directed to the Biophysics Student Services Administrator.

All students must submit a lab report/summary (1-2 pages) both to their research advisor and to the department by the last day of exams unless required earlier by their research advisor.

NOTE: undergraduate student researchers may receive credit or be paid for their work, they may not receive both pay and course credit for the same work.

The following Biophysics faculty have lab openings for undergraduate students in SPRING/SUMMER and FALL 2018 (please email the faculty member for more information).  If you want to work in a specific faculty member's lab and do not see them listed below, you are still encouraged to email them with an inquiry!

Arun Anantharam

James Bardwell

Charles L. Brooks, III

Julie Biteen

Ajit Joglekar

Sarah Keane

Tom Kerppola

Markos Koutmos

Raoul Kopelman

Jens-Christian Meiners

Bruce Palfey

James Penner-Hahn

Mark Saper (Fall only)

Randy Stockbridge

Sarah Veatch

Angela Violi

Qiong Yang


2.  As a paid research assistant/temp/work-study

3.  Through the university's Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP) program
     (Biophysics UROP course: BIOPHYS 280)

4.  As a summer REU student at another research institution