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Biophysics

Our program focuses on membrane proteins, image processing, and the development of new technologies that can be applied to human health and disease.

The MS program is designed for students seeking a career in academia or industry.

Programs of study are conducted in experimental, theoretical, and translational biophysics. Areas of experimental interest include structural biology, properties of membrane ionic channels, receptors, and transporters, and synaptic processes in neurons.  Organ systems include the heart, kidney, gastrointestinal and nervous systems.

Theoretical topics include stochastic methods, modeling of biological systems, and nervous system theory.

The program in biophysics is interdisciplinary and draws on the diverse resources of Buffalo's scientific community.

A close collaboration exists with the Department of Biophysics at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute since the areas of fundamental research are complementary. There are also collaborations with the Department of Radiology, providing a clinically relevant experience for students who wish to pursue a career in medical radiation physics. Associations also exist with the Department of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the School of Dental Medicine, and with crystallographic research at the Hauptman-Woodward Institute.

Students admitted to the program commonly have a science background that may include physical, chemical, or mathematical sciences, though students in the biological sciences with an analytical orientation are also accepted. Candidates enjoy a high degree of independence in development of research programs, choice of major advisors, and pursuit of dissertation research.

Program Objectives

The graduate program leading to the M.S. degree in Biophysical Sciences is intended to provide a sound scientific foundation for those planning to pursue a career in research, teaching, or applied biomedical fields. In order to promote the achievement of this objective, the following program requirements have been adopted:

Program Requirements

A total of at least 36 credit hours are required for completion of the M.S. degree. Of this total, at least 20 credit hours must be earned in formal didactic coursework and excluding credits for Research and Thesis Guidance. Where appropriate, didactic course credits not exceeding 6 hours may be transferred from other graduate programs.

Curriculum

Required Courses

The following courses, in addition to electives, must be successfully completed with the achievement of a grade of B or better:

Elective Courses

Qualified students may petition for waiver of the requirement for any specific course based on prior completion of an equivalent course with a grade of B or higher. This will not reduce the didactic course credit requirement (20 credits).

Seminars

Master’s students are required to register for Seminar credit for at least 2 semesters. In addition, attendance at the Departmental seminar series is expected of all students throughout the duration of their graduate programs.

Thesis/Project

Completion of the Master’s degree requires either a) submission of a thesis based on original research completed by the candidate; or b) completion of a project exploring an area or technique of biophysics in depth, including a research component.

The thesis research is conducted by the graduate student under the tutelage of his/her Major Professor and Thesis Advisory Committee. A Major Professor and a minimum of two members of the Department’s Graduate Faculty form the Thesis Advisory Committee. All should hold the rank of Assistant Professor or above in the University Graduate faculty. A faculty from outside the Department can serve as one of the Advisory Committee members with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies.

The research will culminate in a written thesis, which is an original contribution, written in English. Thesis preparation is critically monitored and supervised by the Major Professor and the Thesis Advisory Committee, who must approve the thesis prior to the oral defense. The thesis is presented as a seminar to the Department and guests, followed by an oral defense to the Thesis Committee.

Admission Requirements & Procedure

Applicants must have a strong science background and is contingent upon attainment of the baccalaureate degree. Students for the MS degree in Biophysics can apply online to the Department of Physiology and Biophysics through the UB GrAdMIT portal.  All correspondence material should be sent to:

Graduate Student Coordinator

Kara Rickicki

Graduate Programs Coordinator

Physiology and Biophysics

124-B Sherman Hall, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14214-8005

Phone: (716) 829-2417

Email: rickicki@buffalo.edu

Application requires online submission of the following documents:

  • Official transcripts from each institution previously attended;
  • GRE scores;
  • Three letters of recommendation;
  • A personal statement of career objectives and future plans;
  • In case of international applicants, a TOEFL test is required.

GRE score reporting codes:

  • Institution Code: R2925
  • Department Code: 0222

TOEFL must be completed in the last 2 years

  • Institution Code: R2925 (SUNY-University at Buffalo)
  • Department Code: 36

Fees

The application fee is $85.

Your application fee must be paid online. This can be done via your GrAdMIT application account.

Contact

Director of Graduate Studies, Biophysics

Slaughter, Malcolm

560 Biomedical Research Building Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-3240

Email: mslaught@buffalo.edu

Graduate Student Coordinator

Kara Rickicki

Graduate Programs Coordinator

Physiology and Biophysics

124-B Sherman Hall, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14214-8005

Phone: (716) 829-2417

Email: rickicki@buffalo.edu