Biophysics Graduate Program at UC Davis

Link: https://bph.ucdavis.edu

Application deadline: December 1st. No GRE requirement

  1. Faculty

At the intersection of physics, biology, and chemistry, BPH offers a truly interdisciplinary perspective to scientific research with over 40 affiliated faculty spread across 5 colleges/schools and 18 departments who aim to elucidate the fundamental mechanisms underlying biological processes.

  1. Funding
    1. Ph.D. students are financially supported as graduate student researchers, teaching assistants, and/or by fellowships.
    2. Support covers tuition, health insurance, fees in addition to a competitive stipend.
    3. BPH students are encouraged and supported to apply to fellowships, including NIH-supported training programs that offer field-specific training and financial support. Previous BPH students have been supported by the:
  • Pharmacological Sciences Training Program
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology Training Program
  • Basic and Translational Cardiovascular Science Training Program
  1. Mentorship & Community 
    1. The BPH program offers a robust support system made up of fellow students and faculty including:
  • Peer mentoring from senior BPH students
  • Networking and community building facilitated by Biophysical Society Student Chapter
  • Counseling from an Academic Advisor regarding courses, career planning, student welfare, etc.
  • Mentoring from professors during four 5-week lab rotations
  • Continued guidance from a major professor once a lab is selected
  1. Research Facilities
    1. UC Davis offers a first rate environment to conduct research with BPH students and faculty taking advantage of the following Core Facilities and organizations:
  • Biological Electron Microscope Facility
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility
  • High Performance Computing Core Facility 
  • Genome Center
  • Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging
  • Cardiovascular Research Institute
  1. Research Areas: Computational & Experimental
    1. Ion channel biophysics
    2. Computational structural biology 
    3. Structural biology 
    4. Cardiovascular physiology 
    5. Neuroscience
    6. Bioengineering, nanotechnologies, & biomaterials 
    7. Environmental biophysics & bioinformatics
  2. Alumni Career Paths

Alumni found successful careers in academia, industry and science policy. The companies and schools below are where recent graduates moved on to:

  • Academia: UC Davis, Cornell University, etc
  • Industry: Schrödinger Corporation, Serimmune Inc., Pathware, Cymer, etc.
  • Science writer: AnimalBiome
  1. For questions and more information, contact: 
    1. Sam Arcement, Interim BPH Graduate Group coordinator
    2. Email: slarcement@ucdavis.edu


Social accounts: Twitter @UCD_BPH and @bps_students