Biophysics Network

Biophysics Network is a cross disciplinary effort to strengthen biophysics at Uppsala University. The network spans over four departments in the Science and Technology faculty. Our research aims to unravel structure and dynamics of biological systems using various experimental and theoretical methods. We run common research projects and cross disciplinary education at Master and PhD level.

Biophysics mission

The biophysics network at Uppsala University is a cross disciplinary effort to strengthen biophysics at our university. The network spans over four departments: Physics and AstronomyCell and Molecular BiologyChemistry BMC and Materials Science and Engineering. Much of our research is focused around determining structure and dynamics of biological systems using a combination of X-ray imaging, spectroscopy, cryo-EM and simulations, and studying the X-ray interaction with biologically relevant matter. The network includes more than 25 members across the four departments and we interact by weekly meetings, workshops and seminars. This has lead to several common research projects, shared PhD students and grants. 

Within the network we developed and coordinate the Master's Programme in Biophysics. The programme is open for international and national students with a Bachelor in physics, biology or chemistry, that are interested in biophysics. By providing a Master's programme in biophysics for students with various backround  we create the opportunity for students to gain knowledge and skills by collaborating with each other across the traditional borders.

You can find a high resolution image of the logo here designed by Isaak Unger.

The Founders

Professor Carl Caleman is employed at the division of X-ray Photon Science, Department of Physics and Astronomy and at the Centre for Free-Electron Laser Science in Hamburg. Prof. Caleman is coordinator for the Biophysics network and his research focuses on X-ray matter interaction and bio imaging. 

Assistant professor Erik Marklund from Biochemistry, Department of Chemistry - BMC is the deputy coordinator for the network and his research aims to unravel the dynamics and interactions of proteins and protein complexes. 

Professor Olle Björneholm from the division of X-ray Photon Science, Department of Physics and Astronomy. He is a director of the Center for Photon Science and has a keen interest in phenomena and processes connected to the electronic and geometric structure of liquids and clusters/nanoparticles, including x-ray-induced dynamics,

Dr. Tomas Ekeberg from Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology research goals is to utilize the ultrafast pulses of free-electron lasers together with new algorithms to pick out diffraction from protein complexes.

Professor Filipe Maia from Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology focuses on the development of lensless imaging methods using X-rays, making use of X-ray free-electron lasers as a powerful coherent light source.

Dr. Kenta Okamoto from Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, research aims to unveil new functional structural features of problematic viruses using cryo-EM single particle analysis.

Docent Nicusor Timneanu is employed at the division of X-ray Photon Science, Department of Physics and Astronomy. Nicusor is coordinating the Master's Programme in Biophysics and his research interest is the ultrafast interaction of intense X-ray lasers with matter and creation of extreme states of matter.

Assitant professor Malin Wohlert from Applied Mechanics, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, main research interest is modeling and understanding of biomaterials such as wood in both native and processed state. 

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Last modified: 2022-08-25