biophysics

A New Building, A New Discipline

December 13, 2010

Today, the University of Chicago announced plans to construct the William Eckhardt Research Center, an innovative new building along Ellis Avenue that will be home to many researchers in the physical sciences. But just as newsworthy as the new [Read more]

Computerizing the Chaos of Epilepsy

July 9, 2010

The electrical symphony of the human brain, with billions of neurons firing at different rates, up to hundreds of times per second, likely looks like chaos to any outside observer. But there are patterns in the ongoing brain activity seen, for [Read more]

Modeling the Body’s Micro Machines

June 22, 2010

Inside the human body are millions of miniature machines, the gatekeepers of the electrical impulses that keep our hearts beating and our minds thinking. They’re called ion channels; portals that allow small ions such as sodium, potassium, [Read more]

From the Rain Forest to the Laboratory

May 18, 2010

Venomous animals such as snakes, scorpions and spiders are typically the stuff of phobias for most people. But the toxins those creatures have developed to immobilize and kill their prey are actually some of nature’s most finely-tuned weapons, [Read more]