UCR sign and tower at night

Welcome to the Biophysics Graduate Program

Biophysics is a major area of study and research in the life sciences, attracting diverse students and faculty with a wide variety of research interests within a cohesive environment.  The field of Biophysics has been well represented at UC Riverside and continues to grow.  UCR offers a Ph.D in Biophysics as well as an MS degree. Read on to find out more about what the Biophysics program has to offer.


  • Biological Electron Transfer
  • Biological Imaging
  • Computational Modeling
  • Macromolecular Structure Determination
  • Neurobiophyics and Protein Engineering
  • Spectroscopic Methods


Students in the Biophysics Graduate Programs will have opportunities in:

Analytical Chemistry Instrumentation Facility

Central Facility for Advanced Microscopy and Microanalysis

Nanofabrication Cleanroom Facility


All Ph.D. students in the department receive generous financial support through fellowships, research assistantships, training grants and teaching assistantships.

For more information, visit https://graduate.ucr.edu/fellowships-awards-and-grants

Technology and Research

Many programs, labs and faculty combine together within the Biophysics program, creating opportunities for a diverse education and research that connects with your interests.

The picture below is from Dr. Debus's lab.  Dr. Debus's research focuses on Photosynthesis, Biophysics, Physical Biochemistry, and Spectroscopy.  Visit campus to find out more!

Courtesy of Dr. Richard Debus, Biochemistry

Laser- Debus

This Gif shows maize epidermal cells undergoing soap-film minimization.

Courtesy of Dr. Carolyn Rasmussen, Botany and Plant Sciences

Maize Epidermal Cell

This racetrack is lined with passive infrared photocells and used to measure the maximal sprint-running abilities of various animals, such as lizards, mice, rodents and snakes.  Performance ability is related to lower level traits, such as limb proportions and muscle characteristics.

Courtesy of Dr. Ted Garland, Biology