The Students

New ideas and fresh faces are essential to driving science forward.

The program accepts a small number of top students, less than ten. Our graduate program ends with a Ph.D. in Biophysical Sciences jointly granted by both the Biological and Physical Sciences Divisions of The University of Chicago. It begins with an On-Line Application.

  • “Instead of joining an already interdisciplinary field, why not merge two fields that have never been combined before and call it your own? This type of mentality is what brought me to UChicago and gave me the opportunity to explore this great city.”
    Héctor Acarón

    Héctor Acarón

    Student

    Bozhi Tian

    Mentor

    Wei Wei

    Mentor

  • “Having exposure to the expertise and professional philosophies of two different mentors has given me invaluable perspective on conducting research. Being a part of the biophysical sciences program has helped me grow as a scientist by consistently pushing me outside my comfort zone.”
    Cat Triandafillou

    Cat Triandafillou

    Student

    Aaron Dinner

    Mentor

    Allan Drummond

    Mentor

  • “The biophysics program has given me the unique opportunity to bridge several fields in a unique and novel way. I am excited to continue to learn from both of my mentors and contribute to the breadth of knowledge that exists in both of my labs and their respective fields.”
    Ramya Parameswaran

    Ramya Parameswaran

    Student

    Erin Adams

    Mentor

    Bozhi Tian

    Mentor

  • “When I came to graduate school, I wanted to have a hand in designing my own project and doing something unique. I chose the biophysical sciences program at Chicago because it is geared toward finding new science in between established disciplines and established labs.”
    Sam Stam

    Sam Stam

    Student

    Wendy Zhang

    Mentor

    Margaret Gardel

    Mentor

Student Profiles

Choose a year:

Entered 2016
Wenli Dai

Hometown

EducationNorthwestern University

Eric Gauchat

HometownBuffalo, NY

EducationSUNY Buffalo State College

Devin Harrison

HometownSound Beach, NY

EducationWorcester Polytechnic Institute

Evan Kiefl

HometownVancouver, Canada

EducationUniversity Of Victoria

Andrés Moya Rodríguez

Hometown

EducationUniversity Of Puerto Rico--Mayaguez Campus

Amar Risbud

HometownSan Jose, CA

EducationUC Berkeley

Alan Selewa

HometownChicago, IL

EducationUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Hallie Sussman

HometownTempe, AZ

EducationArizona State University

Yifan Zhou

HometownShanghai, PRC

EducationTsinghua University

Entered 2015
Christopher Boughter

Hometown

EducationUniversity of Maryland

Nabil Faruk

Hometown

EducationUniversity of Waterloo

Lu Hong

Hometown

EducationWabash College

Young Hoon Koh

Hometown

EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania

Matthew Reyer

Hometown

EducationUniversity of Oregon

Alon Shaiber

Hometown

EducationHebrew University of Jerusalem

Aiman Sherani

Hometown

EducationWellesley College

Jiacheng (Jeff) Zhang

Hometown

EducationPeking University

Entered 2014
César Cardona

HometownBogotá, Colombia

EducationUniversidad Nacional de Colombia; University of Memphis

Vaughn Spurrier

HometownCleveland, OH

EducationTemple University

Catherine Triandafillou

HometownOrono, ME

EducationTemple University

Entered 2013
Héctor Acarón Ledesma

HometownSan Juan, Puerto Rico

EducationCornell University
BSAB 2015-2016

Ramya Parameswaran

HometownMoraga, CA

EducationStanford University

Joshua Riback

HometownLivingston, NJ

EducationJohns Hopkins University
BSAB 2015-2016

Gabriel Salzman

HometownNew York, NY

EducationJohns Hopkins University

Entered 2012
Herman Gudjonson

HometownStony Brook, NY

EducationHarvard University
BSAB 2015-2016

Eugene Leypunskiy

HometownGlen Rock, NJ

EducationPrinceton University

Ryan Mork

HometownColumbia Heights, MN

EducationUniversity of Minnesota
BSAB 2015-2016

Monika Scholz

HometownDresden, Germany

EducationBayerische Julius-Maximillians-Univ. Wurzburg; Technical University Of Dresden
BSAB 2015-2016

Kevin Song

HometownLawrence, KS

EducationUniversity of Kansas

Entered 2011
Vu Dinh

HometownHo Chi Minh City, Viet-Nam

EducationCal Tech

Daniel Kerr

HometownSanta Monica, CA

EducationUC Santa Barbara

Boleslaw Osinski

HometownAlbuquerque, NM

EducationUniversity of New Mexico

Guillermina Ramírez-San Juan

HometownToluca, Mexico

EducationUniversidad Nacional Autonoma De Mexico

Entered 2010
William McFadden

HometownQuincy, IL

EducationUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Samantha Stam

HometownNegaunee, MI

EducationMichigan Technological Institute

ALUMNI
James Crooks, PhD

HometownPalm Harbor, FL

EducationUniversity of Chicago, PhD 2015

Peter Dahlberg, PhD

HometownMinneapolis, MN

EducationUniversity of Chicago, PhD 2016

Tobias Falzone, PhD

HometownTurlock, CA

EducationUniversity of Chicago, PhD 2012

Ivy Fitzgerald, PhD

HometownHood River, OR

EducationUniversity of Chicago, PhD 2014

Moira Flanagan, PhD

HometownCold Spring, NY

EducationUniversity of Chicago, PhD 2016

Sean Gibbons, Ph.D.

HometownMissoula, MT

EducationUniversity of Chicago, Ph.D. 2015

Alan Hutchison, PhD

HometownFort Thomas, KY

EducationUniversity of Chicago, PhD 2016

Phillip Long, PhD

HometownSpokane, WA

EducationUniversity of Chicago, PhD 2013

David Medovoy, PhD

HometownBeachwood, OH

EducationUniversity of Chicago, PhD 2013

Caitlin Sullivan Trejo, PhD

HometownNaperville, IL

EducationUniversity of Chicago, PhD 2015

Gregory Tietjen, PhD

HometownBradford, PA

EducationUniversity of Chicago, PhD 2013

Lawrence Uricchio, MS

HometownHartford, CT

EducationUniversity of Chicago, MS 2009

Ernesto Vargas, PhD

HometownWest Chicago, IL

EducationUniversity of Chicago, PhD 2013

David Weinstein, Ph.D.

HometownLa Serena, Chile

EducationUniversity of Chicago, Ph.D. 2015

Charles Wright, Ph.D.

HometownCleveland, TN

EducationUniversity of Chicago, Ph.D. 2015