Biological Physics

at the University of Ottawa

The Department of Physics brings together the experimental expertise of:

And the theoretical prowess of:

Michel Godin (Biosensing, Micro- & Nanofluidics, Lab-on-a-chip, Nanoparticles, Microfabrication)

James Harden (Biomolecular Assemblies, Cell Mechanics, Complex Fluids, Hydrogels, Proteins, Soft Materials, & Computational Methods)

Andrew Pelling (Cell and Tissue Mechanics, Atomic Force Microscopy, Fluorescence and Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopy)

Vincent Tabard-Cossa (Single-Molecule, Force Spectroscopy, Nanofluidics, Solid-State Nanopores)

André Longtin (Nonlinear Dynamics, Stochastic Dynamical Systems, Neural/Physiological Modelling, Computational Neuroscience)

Further expertise comes from the following cross appointed and adjunct professors:

Béla Joós (Soft Matter Theory, Networks, Polymers, Peptides, Biological Membranes, Computer Simulation)

Gary Slater (Polymer Dynamics, Microfluidics, Electrophoresis, Diffusion Processes, Biofilms, Computer Simulations)

Mads Kaern - Faculty of Medicine (Systems Biology of Genetic Networks, Stochasticity in Gene Regulation, Dynamics of Regulatory Networks)

Christophe Py - Adjunct at NRC (Neurochips for Electrophysiology, Organic Semiconducting Devices, Microstructural Science)

Rejean Munger - Faculty of Medicine ( Biomedical Applications of Optical sensing, models of the eye and their application in refractive surgery planning)

- updated August 2012 -

The uOttawa Department of Physics has one of Canada’s highest concentrations of experimental and theoretical Biophysics research groups. Science at the interface of biology, physics and engineering drives our interdisciplinary research from single molecules to cells and cellular networks. Theoretical biophysics research programs span areas in soft matter, polymer dynamics, membranes, neurophysics, and genetic and cellular networks. Complementary to these efforts is an experimental biophysics focus on biosensing, single molecule biophysics, biophotonics, cell biophysics and biomaterials. The field is at a stage where quantitative biophysical methods are providing fundamental new knowledge about complex biological systems in addition to new technologies with significant biomedical and industrial applications. In addition, all of the professors in the department maintain local, national and international collaborations between departments and disciplines, which creates a rich multidisciplinary atmosphere. The Biophysics research group at uOttawa attracts scientists from a wide variety of scientific backgrounds and offers undergraduates, graduates and postdoctoral fellows a highly integrated and interdisciplinary training environment. If you are interested in training with us please contact one of the professors directly to find out about current opportunities.

Note to prospective students: if you are interested in a particular area of study, please contact one of the professors directly to find out about current opportunities, and visit the Program of Study page.