Biological Physics uses the tools and concepts of physics to understand the principles and mechanisms underlying the processes that are fundamental to living systems, from the behaviour of biological molecules like proteins to the functioning of cells and organisms.

Research in Biophysics at the University of Alberta explores a range of experimental and computational problems, including how protein and RNA structures fold, mechanisms of neurodegeneration and cancer, how cells respond to radiation, the role of quantum effects in biology, and improved methods for discovering new drugs. These studies take advantage of tools like advanced single-molecule force and fluorescence spectroscopy, THz laser sources, and high-performance computing facilities. Group members also collaborate extensively with colleagues in the life sciences and medicine.