Biological related physical sciences have never been growing so rapidly, and it seems that it will keep on growing in the foreseeable future. It is commonly aware that the era of bio-related science has begun, and there will be numerous interesting problems that demand the bright minds of physical scientists to make significant contributions. In the post-genome era, huge biological data banks such as DNA and protein sequences and protein structures are easily and conveniently accessible to each individual. It has caused a revolutionary change in the way people think about and do research in life sciences. As we know, physical principles and laws hold from microscopic level to macroscopic level, and p hysical properties of bio-elements such as DNA, membranes, proteins, cells, etc., can provide a good understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of the functions of these basic machines in life. Material nature of many bio-substances affects its biological properties. Evolution often made use of these physical properties of bio-materials to optimize for the survival chance of life forms. The rise of Biophysics is a natural and unavoidable global trend in the 21 st Century science.
The Graduate Institute of Biophysics at National Central University was officially established in 2004 (currently the only one in Taiwan ), even though biophysics research has been carried out for more than 10years in its parent: Physics Department. The BioPhysics Institute consists of 9 professor, 1 associate Professor and 3 assistant professors. All the faculty members are jointly appointed with the Physics Dept. of NCU and 3 of them have joint appointment with Institute of Physics in Academia Sinica. One of the goals of the Biophysics Institute is to complement for the descriptive and usually non-quantitative approach in traditional biology, Biophysics aims at achieving some quantitative description of biological processes and search for the fundamental principles buried in these highly complex biological phenomena. We employ the experimental and theoretical methods in physics to extract the global and universal picture of various bio-related phenomena. Current research areas in our institute include: Protein physics, DNA physics, Single Molecule Biophysics, bio-membrane physics, bio-materials, bioinformatics & sequence analysis, biological networks, systems biology, Neuro & brain physics, cardiac physics, bio-hydrodynamics, non-linear phenomena & pattern formation in biology, collective behavior in cells/organisms, evolution theory, nano-biotechnology.