Biological Physics Group

This is an IOP special interest group, which is a community of IOP members focused on a particular discipline, application or area of interest. 

Special interest groups allow members to connect and share knowledge and ideas. The IOP funds groups to deliver a range of activities including events, prizes and bursaries. All of our groups are driven by members.  

About the group

As a special interest, member-driven group, we are interested in the study of systems that are either biological in origin or serve as informative models.

Biological physics spans the molecular to whole ecosystems. Common themes are:

  • the application and development of physical techniques
  • conceptual models to the living world

Discussion and collaboration is encouraged, through the organisation and scientific meetings.

Biological physics was identified as an important area in a report by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (PDF, 2.55MB).

What the group does

We encourage a community spirit among biological physicists and promote their:

  • interests
  • publications
  • research
  • this area of physics

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Group events

Find group events on the IOP events site.


Useful links

Download The Importance of Engineering and Physical Sciences Research to Health and Life Sciences (PDF, 2.55MB)

Learn about the Biophysical Society

Committee and contacts

Chair Dr Pietro Cicuta, MInstP
Secretary Professor Mark Leake, FInstP
Treasurer Dr Thomas Waigh, MInstP
Ordinary Member Professor Achillefs Kapanidis, MInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Chiu Fan Lee, MInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Marco Mazza, MInstP
Ordinary Member Professor Ewa Paluch
Ordinary Member Professor Michelle Peckham
Ordinary Member Dr Peter Petrov, MInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Andela Saric
Ordinary Member Dr Margarita Staykova
Ordinary Member Dr Bartlomiej Waclaw, MInstP

Email: [email protected]