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.

  • “I decided to come to the BPHYS program because I wanted the chance to work with my two advisors and benefit from their mentorship and scientific creativity. Because of them, I have been afforded both awesome hands-on guidance and the intellectual freedom to do exciting projects.””
    Vedant Sachdeva

    Vedant Sachdeva


    Arvind Murugan


    Stephanie Palmer


  • “I chose UChicago Biophysical Sciences because of the strong community. It was obvious to me UChicago not only had awesome research, but people who genuinely cared about and supported each other. UChicago has proven to be an excellent environment for fostering my personal and professional growth!””
    Diane Schnitkey

    Diane Schnitkey


    Rama Ranganathan


    Mike Rust


  • “I have research interests in multiple fields, and the dual-mentorship model allowed me to combine those interests while being trained by experts in both fields. I've found the university as a whole to be extremely collaborative, and being a part of both the biological and physical sciences divisions has provided me with so many resources for my research and education."”
    Margo MacDonald

    Margo MacDonald


    Melody Swartz


    Margaret Gardel


  • “The biophysics program at UChicago has given me the freedom to explore my research interests with confidence. I’m surrounded by smart and driven graduate students, professors with exciting research projects, and a staff committed to doing the best they can to help students succeed."”
    Walter Alvarado

    Walter Alvarado


    Juan de Pablo


    Andy Ferguson


Student Profiles

Choose a year:

Entered 2022
Sarah Christensen


EducationMcGill University

Estefania Cuevas-Zepeda


EducationUniversity of California, Merced

Tori Edington


EducationPrinceton University

Elijah Hix


EducationUniversity of Tennessee at Knoxville

Maya Igarashi


EducationWellesley College

Darren Liu


EducationBoston University

Haibei Zhang


EducationDuke University

Entered 2021
Kash Baboolall


EducationAmherst College

Milena Chakraverti-Wuerthwein


EducationPrinceton University

Michelle Chiu


EducationUC Santa Barbara

Noah Schwartz


EducationUniversity of Missouri-Columbia

Roo Weed


EducationMIddlebury College

Entered 2020
Hope Anderson

HometownIowa City, IA

EducationWellesley College

Anna Gaffney

HometownMarysville, MI

EducationUniversity of Michigan

Hanna Hieromnimon

HometownChicago, IL

EducationPepperdine University

Kyle Lin

HometownHouston, TX

EducationStanford University
BSAB 2022-2023

Ayanna Matthews

HometownPhiladelphia, PA

EducationPrinceton University
BSAB 2022-2023

Rudy Mendez Reina

HometownBogota, Colombia

EducationUniversidad Francisco Jose de Caldas

Nikša Praljak

HometownParma, OH

EducationCleveland State University

Christopher Russo

HometownNew York, NY

EducationPrinceton University

Entered 2019
Nick Bayhi

HometownSomerville, MA

EducationTufts University

Adam Fine

HometownChicago, IL

EducationYale University

Noah Gamble

HometownShelburne, VT

EducationNorthwestern University
BSAB 2021-2023

Daozheng Gong

HometownWuhan, People's Republic of China

EducationUniversity of Science and Technology of China

Andrew Molina

HometownDowners Grove, IL

EducationUniversity of Chicago

Lissa Rennert

HometownRockville, MD

EducationRochester Institute of Technology

Ahmed Fouad Selim

HometownCairo, Egypt

EducationZewail City for Science and Technology

Entered 2018
Walter Alvarado

HometownLos Angeles, CA

EducationCal State Long Beach

Megan Borregard

HometownBeverly Hills, MI

EducationKalamazoo College

Hendrik Glauninger

HometownGießen, Germany

EducationIndiana University

Kourtney Kroll

HometownCarol Stream, IL

EducationWashington University

Margo MacDonald

HometownGranville, OH

EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania
BSAB 2020-2023

Eric Rouviere

HometownWilmington, DE

EducationUniversity of Delaware

Diane Schnitkey

HometownMahomet, IL

EducationUniversity of Illinois
BSAB 2020-2023

Iva Veseli

HometownOswego. IL

EducationIllinois Institute of Technology
BSAB 2021-2022

Steven Wasserman

HometownNorth Bellmore, NY

EducationBrandeis University
BSAB 2020-2023

Entered 2017
Wen-hung Chou

HometownKaohsiung, Taiwan

EducationNational Taiwan University

Jessica Morgan

HometownPlymouth, MA

EducationSmith College
BSAB 2020-2022

Steven Redford

HometownSacramento, CA

EducationUC Berkeley
BSAB 2021-2022

Vilmos Zsolnay

HometownWilmette, IL

EducationNorthwestern University
BSAB 2020-2021


We are very proud of our Alumni, view them all here.