Welcome to the Biophysics Graduate Program at UCR

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 M.S. degree. Read on to find out more about what the Biophysics program has to offer.






We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Giulia and Wayne, our two exceptional graduating students.

Their hard work and dedication have been recognized with several awards, including the DYI and Biophysics Excellence Award. We are proud of their achievements and wish them continued success in their future endeavors.

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  • 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:


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

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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


Application Requirements

The Graduate Admissions Committee considers a candidate's entire application file when making admissions decisions.  Applicants must submit the following:

  • A completed electronic application form
  • A statement of Purpose
  • Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work
  • Three letters of recommendation (two must be from faculty)
  •  General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) can be waived. 
  • A satisfactory score on the Subject Examination in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry or Physics
  • For non-US citizens whose native language is not English, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required


Admissions Application

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