Five College Program in Biophysics (preliminary)

The challenges of biology facing us are widely acknowledged to require the tools and principles of physics. We have entered the ‘post-reductionist’ era wherein the complexity of living systems must be retained in order to effectively explore the workings of biological networks and pathways. This complexity challenges our understanding of fundamental behaviors of physical and chemical systems, which has largely derived from studies of purified isolated molecules and macromolecules operating in highly dilute environments.