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Structural biologists use x-ray crystallography, nuclear magnetic resonance, and a variety of computational techniques to study the static and dynamic properties of biomolecules with atomic resolution in research groups within the departments of molecular and cell biology, chemistry, and at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). Single molecule biophysical studies in the Physics department are being used to elucidate the forces that maintain the three-dimensional structure of proteins and RNA, and the mechano-chemical energy conversion in molecular motors such as DNA polymerases. Similar efforts in genomic research in the Physics department are using advanced statistical mechanical methods to decipher the information in human and animal genomes. The campus also supports a strong program in neuroscience, investigating a wide range of problems at the molecular, cellular, and systems levels. Fundamental research in the physics of liquids and polymers is carried out in the chemistry and chemical engineering departments. Special facilities include the National Center for Electron Microscopy, the Calvin Laboratory for Chemical Dynamics, and the Advanced Light Source at LBNL.

Physics Faculty
Carlos Bustamante

Michael DeWeese

Naomi Ginsberg
Oskar Hallatschek
Jan Liphardt
Daniel Rokhsar

Ahmet Yildiz

(E) = Emeritus