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

    Student

    Arvind Murugan

    Mentor

    Stephanie Palmer

    Mentor

  • “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

    Student

    Rama Ranganathan

    Mentor

    Mike Rust

    Mentor

  • “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

    Student

    Melody Swartz

    Mentor

    Margaret Gardel

    Mentor

  • “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

    Student

    Juan de Pablo

    Mentor

    Andy Ferguson

    Mentor

Student Profiles

Choose a year:

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

Ayanna Matthews

HometownPhiladelphia, PA

EducationPrinceton University

Rudy Mendez Reina

HometownBogota, Colombia

EducationUniversidad Francisco Jose de Caldas

Niksa Praljak

HometownParma, OH

EducationCleveland State University

Christopher Russo

HometownNew York, NY

EducationPrinceton University

Clayton Seitz

HometownIndianapolis, IN

EducationIndiana University Bloomington

Entered 2019
Nick Bayhi

HometownSomerville, MA

EducationTufts University

Adam Fine

HometownChicago, IL

EducationYale University

Ahmed Fouad Selim

HometownCairo, Egypt

EducationZewail City for Science and Technology

Noah Gamble

HometownShelburne, VT

EducationNorthwestern University

Daozheng Gong

HometownWuhan, People's Republic of China

EducationUniversity of Science and Technology of China

Tegan Marianchuk

HometownGilbert, AZ

EducationArizona State University

Andrew Molina

HometownDowners Grove, IL

EducationUniversity of Chicago

Lissa Rennert

HometownRockville, MD

EducationRochester Institute of 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 2020-2021

Eric Rouviere

HometownWilmington, DE

EducationUniversity of Delaware

Diane Schnitkey

HometownMahomet, IL

EducationUniversity of Illinois
BSAB 2020-2021

Iva Veseli

HometownOswego. IL

EducationIllinois Institute of Technology

Steven Wasserman

HometownNorth Bellmore, NY

EducationBrandeis University
BSAB 2020-2021

Entered 2017
Wen-hung Chou

HometownKaohsiung, Taiwan

EducationNational Taiwan University

Jessica Morgan

HometownPlymouth, MA

EducationSmith College
BSAB 2020-2021

Steven Redford

HometownSacramento, CA

EducationUC Berkeley

Vedant Sachdeva

HometownPrinceton, NJ

EducationRutgers University

Elizabeth White

HometownMount Vernon, NH

EducationAmherst College
BSAB 2020-2021

Vilmos Zsolnay

HometownWilmette, IL

EducationNorthwestern University
BSAB 2020-2021

Entered 2016
Eric Gauchat

HometownBuffalo, NY

EducationSUNY Buffalo State College

Devin Harrison

HometownSound Beach, NY

EducationWorcester Polytechnic Institute
BSAB 2020-2021

Evan Kiefl

HometownVancouver, Canada

EducationUniversity Of Victoria

Andrés Moya Rodríguez

HometownHatillo, Puerto Rico

EducationUniversity Of Puerto Rico--Mayaguez Campus

Amar Risbud

HometownSan Jose, CA

EducationUC Berkeley

Alan Selewa

HometownChicago, IL

EducationUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Yifan Zhou

HometownShanghai, People's Republic of China

EducationTsinghua University

Entered 2015
Christopher Boughter

HometownCanton, MA

EducationUniversity of Maryland

Nabil Faruk

HometownWaterloo, Ontario, Canada

EducationUniversity of Waterloo

Young Hoon Koh

HometownBloomington, IN

EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania

Matthew Reyer

HometownWest Linn, OR

EducationUniversity of Oregon

Jiacheng (Jeff) Zhang

HometownQiqihaer, People's Republic of China

EducationPeking University

Alumni

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