In addition to academics, PMB students have the opportunity to participate in a number of other science-related activities.


The Institute for Biophysical Research holds an annual off-campus retreat in late August. The retreat brings together faculty and students from throughout the program to share current research, develop collaborations, and socialize with colleagues and friends.


PMB students have attended national meetings such as the Biophysical Society Meeting, the Gibbs Conference on Biothermodynamics, and Gordon Research Conferences. Some students have traveled internationally to meetings in Sweden, Japan, and Italy.

Student-Organized Activities

Our students organize a monthly Student Evening Series where they share their research through informal talks. These evenings provide a forum for students to practice presentation skills, engage in open discussion, and stay in touch with one another’s scientific work.

Each year, PMB students invite a seminar speaker of their choosing. Previous speakers have included Alexander van Oudenaarden, Peter Kim, Ignacio Tinoco, Barry Honig, Harden McConnell, Elizabeth Rhoades, and Michael Levitt.


Many departments throughout the university host seminar series, giving students the opportunity to hear top scientists from around the world. In addition, biophysics graduate students regularly attend seminars sponsored by the Jenkins Department of Biophysics and the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry.

The monthly Chalk it Up to Biophysics seminars feature informal “chalk talks” by PMB faculty and include a lunch buffet.

IBR Annual Retreat

Keynote speaker – James Berger, PhD

The 31st Annual IBR Retreat  Friday, August 26, 2022, 5:00-6:00pm, Homewood campus. Event followed by a cookout outside of Jenkins Hall.

Organizers: Amanda Qu & Franklin Aviles-Vazquez

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