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


    Bozhi Tian


    Wei Wei


  • “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


    Aaron Dinner


    Allan Drummond


  • “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


    Erin Adams


    Bozhi Tian


  • “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


    Wendy Zhang


    Margaret Gardel


Student Profiles

Choose a year:

Entered 2018
Walter Alvarado

HometownLos Angeles, CA

EducationCal State Long Beach

Hendrik Glauninger

HometownGießen, Germany

EducationIndiana University

Megan Hoinville

HometownBeverly Hills, MI

EducationKalamazoo College

Kourtney Kroll

HometownCarol Stream, IL

EducationWashington University

Margo MacDonald

HometownGranville, OH

EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania

Eric Rouviere

HometownWilmington, DE

EducationUniversity of Delaware

Diane Schnitkey

HometownMahomet, IL

EducationUniversity of Illinois

Iva Veseli

HometownOswego. IL

EducationIllinois Institute of Technology

Steven Wasserman

HometownNorth Bellmore, NY

EducationBrandeis University

Entered 2017
Wen-hung Chou

HometownKaohsiung, Taiwan

EducationNational Taiwan University

Jessica Morgan

HometownPlymouth, MA

EducationSmith College

Steven Redford

HometownSacramento, CA

EducationUC Berkeley

Vedant Sachdeva

HometownPrinceton, NJ

EducationRutgers University

Elizabeth White

HometownMount Vernon, NH

EducationAmherst College

Vilmos Zsolnay

HometownWilmette, IL

EducationNorthwestern University

Entered 2016
Wenli Dai


EducationNorthwestern University

Eric Gauchat

HometownBuffalo, NY

EducationSUNY Buffalo State College

Devin Harrison

HometownSound Beach, NY

EducationWorcester Polytechnic Institute
BSAB 2018-2019

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, PRC

EducationTsinghua University

Entered 2015
Christopher Boughter

HometownCanton, MA

EducationUniversity of Maryland
BSAB 2018-2019

Nabil Faruk

HometownWaterloo, Ontario, Canada

EducationUniversity of Waterloo
BSAB 2018-2019

Lu Hong

HometownLanzhou, China

EducationWabash College

Young Hoon Koh

HometownBloomington, IN

EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania

Matthew Reyer

HometownWest Linn, OR

EducationUniversity of Oregon
BSAB 2018-2019

Alon Shaiber

HometownHaniel, HaMerkaz, Israel

EducationHebrew University of Jerusalem

Jiacheng (Jeff) Zhang

HometownQiqihaer, China

EducationPeking University

Entered 2014
César Cardona

HometownBogotá, Colombia

EducationUniversidad Nacional de Colombia; University of Memphis

Vaughn Spurrier

HometownCleveland, OH

EducationTemple University
BSAB 2018-2019

Catherine Triandafillou

HometownOrono, ME

EducationTemple University
BSAB 2018-2019

Entered 2013
Héctor Acarón Ledesma

HometownSan Juan, Puerto Rico

EducationCornell University

Entered 2012
Daniel Kerr

HometownSanta Monica, CA

EducationUC Santa Barbara

Kevin Song

HometownLawrence, KS

EducationUniversity of Kansas


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