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Program of Study

The Program in Molecular Biophysics (PMB) was established in 1990 and has evolved continuously over the years to provide its student participants with training in both the fundamental principles of biophysics and contemporary advances in the field.  Over 40 faculty, members of 11 departments throughout the University, offer opportunities for learning in diverse and changing areas of research.  The carefully designed set of courses and intensive laboratory work integrate various aspects of molecular biophysics into a dynamic curriculum.

Jim Stivers and Mario Amzel

Johns Hopkins has long been a leading research institution of world renown.  The Hopkins biophysics community is known for its collaborative and congenial atmosphere.  Students are encouraged to forge innovative paths by seeking the advice of other biophysicists and forming collaborations that enhance their research.  PMB is committed to making the resources of experiment, theory, and computation available to its scientists.

In keeping with an institution of its caliber, a large number of technology hubs and instrumentation facilities are available to Hopkins researchers.  See the Facilities link for more details.


The program offers training for outstanding students in such areas as X-ray crystallography, NMR and optical spectroscopies, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, biophysical chemistry, molecular biology, and biochemistry.  It emphasizes studies of macromolecules and their assemblies, for which combined approaches - molecular genetics and structural studies for example - may be necessary.

Jan Hoh and student

Program in Molecular Biophysics
101 Jenkins Hall
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

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