Biophysics Interdepartmental Group (BIG) at the University of Guelph is a unique program of masters and doctoral study that seeks to further our understanding of biological processes through the application of the concepts and techniques of the physical sciences. Unlike many biophysics graduate programs across Canada, BIG focusses on basic discovery research in the sciences, rather than medical and clinical applications. Experimental research conducted by students within BIG spans the entire breadth of the life sciences spectrum, including biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, and human biology. In addition, many BIG graduate students carry out non-experimental research, applying computational tools to predict the behaviour of biological systems at a level ranging from molecules and genes to populations.
The objectives of our program are to provide graduate students with comprehensive education and research training in the field of Biophysics. The program emphasizes multidisciplinary experimental and computational approaches, in which physical and computational tools are applied to biological problems. Collaborative research between faculty members with complementary research interests is actively encouraged, and several graduate students are co-supervised by two research groups.