Department of Physiology and Biophysics

Greetings from the Chair

Physiology is one of the oldest disciplines in medical science. It is the study of how living organisms function, ranging from basic molecular interactions to the mechanism of organ performance in the whole animal. On the other hand, Biophysics is one the newest disciplines in medical science. It is the determination of the chemical, physical, and mathematical basis for biological activity and often utilizes the latest sophisticated technology. Recent advances in molecular biology, spectroscopy, microscopy, and theoretical modeling allow for a bridging of these two disciplines. The integration of physiology and biophysics with these advanced techniques provides a multidisciplinary approach to biomedical research that leads to understanding of the latest biological problems at the molecular, cellular, organ, and whole body level.

The diverse research programs in our Department are enhanced by five state-of-the-art facilities and centers: The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility, The Biomolecular Laser Research Center, The Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Facility, and The Rapid Kinetics Facility. These biophysical facilities and centers act as conduits through which the sophisticated physical and chemical techniques are introduced into the biological arena. They provide powerful research tools to probe structure, function and dynamics of biological molecules with unprecedented detail.

An emphasis in our program is to take advantage of the variety of tools that are available within the department rather than relying on only a single technique to address a problem. Providing accessibility to a broad range of expertise and technologies is a major part of the departmental strategy. As a result, students are exposed to many different techniques, concepts and investigators. A highly interactive and collegial environment fosters appropriate interactions among students and faculty to promote the cross­disciplinary investigations.

As Chairman of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, I am committed to creating a research environment based on the idea that our research should be creative, high impact, forward looking and fun. I invite you to join us on a voyage of discovery, innovation and challenge. 

Dr. Denis Rousseau
Department of Physiology & Biophysics
Albert Einstein College of medicine
Tel: 718.430.4264 / Fax: 718.430.8808

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