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Biophysics Research

Biophysics Research: Brigita Urbanc, PhD

Research Areas in Biophysics

  • Dynamics of Biomolecules
  • Force Transduction in Muscle
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Phase Transitions in Biology
  • Protein Folding and Self-Assembly
  • Systems biology and bio-networks
  • Ultrafast Laser Spectroscopy

Faculty Conducting Research in Biophysics

Contact Specialization
Alexey Aprelev, PhD
Assistant Teaching Professor
Disque Hall 924
aprelev@drexel.edu
Luis Cruz Cruz
Associate Professor
Disque Hall 912
ccruz@physics.drexel.edu
Dr. Frank Ferrone
Professor
Disque Hall 922
fferrone@physics.drexel.edu
Brigita Urbanc
Associate Professor
Disque Hall 909
brigita@physics.drexel.edu
Dr. Jian-Min Yuan
Professor
Disque Hall 819B
yuanjm@drexel.edu

Current Research Projects

Biophysics Facilities

  • Biomanipulation and Microscopy Laboratories: Four optical tables and six research grade microscopes are configured to perform microscopic spectroscopy and manipulation on solutions and individual cells. A spatial light modulator allows spatial patterns to be encoded on samples and explored; all microscopes are temperature-controlled with state-of-the-art cameras, including a 2,000 frame-per-second high-speed system. Each optical table is also equipped with high power lasers for photolysis or fluorescence spectroscopy.
  • Microfluidic attachments are available for use, and a small microfluidic fabrication facility has also been established.
  • The fluorescence microscope resolves fast biomolecular dynamics in living cells.
  • The Computational Biophysics Facility also includes two Beowulf clusters (44-node dual-core Xeon, 43-node dual quad-core Xeon [344 cores]), 24 TB RAID disk server, and 10 Linux workstations connected through a gigabit network.