The Department of Biophysics was established in the year 1964 with a vision to strengthen the field of Basic Medical Sciences of Panjab University. It originated with Electro-Physiology, Radiation Biophysics and Electron Microscopy. Apart from the traditional areas in Biophysics such as Cell and Molecular Biophysics, Radiation Biophysics, Membrane Biophysics and Neuro-Biophysics, the Department had put in efforts in recent times to move into new emerging areas such as Bioinformatics, Molecular Imaging, Translational research in Cancer, Molecular Medicine and Nuclear Medicine. Advances in these areas have paved a way for the designing and development of drugs and medical technologies for the welfare of mankind.
It is the only department in India, which offers both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the discipline of Biophysics (Honors School). The department also offers excellent research opportunities leading to the award of Ph.D. degree. The courses being offered to three years B.Sc. (Honors School) and two years M.Sc. (Honors School) students in biophysics are planned in a way so as to provide a broad base in the subject and can be accepted in the diverse fields of biomedical sciences. The department is also actively involved in collaborations with other departments of various Universities/Institutes for multidisciplinary research.
World over, the alumni from this department have been appropriately employed and most of them have occupied coveted positions in the academia, industry, medical institutions, national laboratories and prestigious research institutions of India as well as abroad. In the last few years, around fifty alumni have been awarded doctoral as well as post doctoral fellowships in USA & Europe and even some have been able to secure professional positions in academia as well as in industry.
The department has been selected by UGC for Special Assistance Program (SAP) DSA-Phase-I based on its accomplishments in research and education. Moreover, the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India also has accorded it with the status of "DST-FIST Supported Department" and PURSE grant. The department is also looking forward for a Public-Private Partnership Programme such as DBT-BIRAC, which supports research scheme to facilitate academia and industry collaboration.
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