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Chair and graduate co-ordinator - F. Ross Hallett (324 MacNaughton, Ext. 3989) (E-mail:

Terry J. Beveridge - Professor, Microbiology
Manfred Brauer - Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
John D. Brooke - Professor, Human Biology and Nutritional Sciences
David Chiu - Associate Professor, Computing and Information Science
Douglas G. Dalgleish - Professor, Food Science
James H. Davis - Professor, Physics
Rodney D. Gentry - Professor, Mathematics and Statistics
F. Ross Hallett - Professor, Physics
George Harauz - Associate Professor, Molecular Biology and Genetics
W. Gordon S. Hines - Professor, Mathematics and Statistics
Kenneth R. Jeffrey - Professor, Physics
Robert A.B. Keates - Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Michael I. Lindinger - Assistant Professor, Human Biology and Nutritional Sciences
Denis H. Lynn - Professor, Zoology
A. Rodney Merrill - Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
K. Peter Pauls - Professor, Crop Science
James R. Potvin - Assistant Professor, Human Biology and Nutritional Sciences
George H. Renninger - Professor, Physics
Frances J. Sharom - Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
William R. Smith - Professor, Mathematics and Statistics
Lawrence L. Spriet - Associate Professor, Human Biology and Nutritional Sciences
E. Donald Stevens - Professor, Zoology
Jeffrey J. Thomason - Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences
Christopher Whitfield - Professor, Microbiology
Janet M. Wood - Professor, Microbiology

The following members of Brock University are members of the program:
D.H. Bruce - Professor, Biological Sciences
A. Joffre Mercier - Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
P. Nichols - Professor, Biological Sciences
R. Peter Rand - Professor, Biological Sciences
Edward Sternin - Associate Professor, Physics

The following members of Wilfrid Laurier University are members of the program:
Ross E. Cressman - Associate Professor, Mathematics

Associated Graduate Faculty
Leonard Kass BS, MS, PhD Illinois - University of Maine
Barry M. Millman - Professor Emeritus, Physics
Yale Nemerson BA Bard College (NY), MD NYU School of Medicine - Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Aftab Patla BTech, MSc Eng, PhD Simon Fraser - University of Waterloo
Ranjit Singh MBBS London, FRCP - Guelph General Hospital

The organization and administration of the graduate program in biophysics are the responsibility of the Biophysics Interdepartmental Group. The group consists of those members of the graduate faculty whose research interests lie wholly or partly in biophysics. Biophysics spans all areas of the life sciences from molecular biology to physiology to the study of ecosystems, and uses the ideas and techniques of the physical sciences to solve biological problems.

   The MSC program covers a wide variety of fields in biophysics.
Admission Requirements    Students may be admitted to a MSC program in biophysics from a range of undergraduate programs, including physics, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, or mathematics. Students may be expected to complete certain further undergraduate courses. To be considered for admission, applicants should meet the minimum requirements of a four-year honours degree with a 73% (B) average during the final two years of study. This degree should be in an appropriate field in the biological, physical or mathematical sciences. Applicants should briefly indicate their research interests and, if possible, their preferred advisers. Completed applications should be submitted by the end of March for consideration for funding. Students are generally admitted in September.

Degree Requirements    Students in the MSC program will be under the guidance of an interdepartmental advisory committee. They will register in both the biophysics program and in the department most appropriate to their background and research topic (usually the department of their adviser). A total of 1.5 credits are required. These credits are usually obtained through four graduate courses. A maximum of two of the courses may be at the undergraduate level. Each undergraduate course credit will be credited as half a graduate course credit. Only undergraduate courses with numbers 300 or greater will be counted for graduate credit. An average of 70% (B-) or better must be obtained in the prescribed courses. Further information and a brochure giving more program details may be obtained from the chair of the group.

   The PhD program emphasizes experimental and theoretical aspects of molecular, cellular, and physiological biophysics.

Admission Requirements
   Applicants for the PhD program should have a recognized master's degree in an appropriate field, with a 77% (B+) average in their postgraduate studies. Applicants should briefly indicate their area of research interest and preferred adviser(s). It is beneficial for applicants to talk with potential advisers before submitting an application. Direct admission to the PhD program may be permitted for applicants holding a bachelor's degree with high academic standing.
   Students enrolled in the master's degree program who achieve a superior academic record and show a particular aptitude for research may be permitted to transfer to the PhD program. The application to transfer should be made to the chair of the biophysics program between the end of the second semester and the end of the fourth semester of work towards the master's degree.

Degree Requirements
   Two graduate courses related to the student's subdiscipline (molecular biophysics, cellular biophysics or physiological biophysics) are required if the student has completed the degree requirements for the MSC in biophysics at Guelph. Four graduate courses, two of which must be related to the student's subdiscipline, will be required for students transferring into biophysics from another program or another institution. The advisory committee may require additional courses.
   As early as feasible, but no later than the final semester of the minimum duration, a PhD student is required to complete a qualifying examination to assess her or his knowledge of the subject. This examination should be taken within the first eighteen months of registration as a PhD student.
   When the qualifying examination and the course work are satisfactorily completed, the submission and successful defence of an acceptable thesis on an approved topic completes the requirements for the PhD.

7607510 Cellular Biophysics (0.5)
The physics of cellular structure and function; membrane theories, diffusion and active transport, bioelectric phenomena; intracellular motion, thermodynamics; selected topics of current interest and seminar.
7607520 Molecular Biophysics (0.5)
Physical methods of determining macromolecular structure: energetics, intramolecular and intermolecular forces, with application to lamellar structures, information storage, DNA and RNA, recognition and rejection of foreign molecules.
7607540 Selected Topics in Experimental Biophysics (0.5)
7607570 Special Topics in Biophysics (0.5)
7608900 Interuniversity Graduate Course in Biophysics (0.5)
This graduate course is offered using the combined biophysical resources of the Universities of Brock, Guelph, McMaster and Waterloo. Three topics constitute the equivalent of a one-semester 3 hr./week graduate course. Information about the course and the selection of individual topics can be obtained from the departmental course co-ordinator. Registration and credit will occur in the semester of the last module.

Courses in Related Subjects:

Department of Biomedical Sciences

9806110 Advanced Microscopy for Biomedical Sciences (0.5)
9806160 Cellular Biology (0.5)
9806190 Tissue Culture Techniques in Biomedical Sciences (0.5)

Department of Botany
1706402 Regulation and Control of Plant Growth (0.5)
1706405 Modern Approaches to Plant Ultrastructure (0.5)

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
1907120 X-ray Crystallography (0.5)
1907300 Proteins and Nucleic Acids (0.5)
1907360 Regulation in Biological Systems (0.5)
1907370 Enzymes (0.5)
1907380 Cell Membranes and Cell Surfaces (0.5)
1907460 Quantum Chemistry (0.5)

School of Engineering
0506110 Food and Bio-Process Engineering (0.5)
0506130 Physical Properties of Biomaterials (0.5)
0506150 Bio-Instrumentation (0.5)

Department of Human Biology and Nutritional Sciences
7506070 Neurophysiological Basis of Human Motor Control (0.5)
7506090 Advanced Topics in Motor Control Neurophysiology in Humans (0.5)
7106900 Research Project (1.0)

Department of Mathematics and Statistics
6306071 Biomathematics (0.5)
8906761 Survival Analysis (0.5)
8906850 Advanced Biometry (0.5)
8906950 Statistical Methods for the Life Sciences(0.5)
8906960 Design of Experiments and Data Analysis for the Life

Department of Microbiology
6506040 Advanced Microbial Physiology (0.5)
6506130 Molecular Biology of Viruses (0.5)

Department of Physics
7607010 Quantum Mechanics I (0.5)
7607040 Statistical Physics I (0.5)
7607450 Selected Topics in Experimental Physics (0.5)
7607480 Microprocessors in the Physics Laboratory (0.5)

Interdisciplinary Courses
5806000 Structure and Function of Muscle (0.5)
5806010 Regulation of Muscle Metabolism (0.5)

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