Established in 2013 under the stewardship of Professor Mark Leake as the newly appointed Anniversary Chair of Biological Physics, the Biological Physical Sciences Institute (BPSI) at the University of York serves to stimulate and fund exciting new collaborative activities at the cutting-edge interface between the Physical and Life Sciences, encompassing multiple exceptional research teams across several different departments of the University, including Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Electronics, HYMS, Mathematics, Psychology and Computer Science.
Scientific areas of the BPSI are divided broadly into three inter-related strands of research excellence with several members of the BPSI interfacing multiple strands.
Read more on our Research page.
Many of our members are also associated with world-class interfacial research centres across the University of York, allowing the BPSI to maintain close synergistic links between multiple complementary areas of research excellence across the University.
These centres include:
The BPSI also maintains close ties to several national-level physical-life sciences initiatives, groups and networks in the UK, including:
In particular we liaise closely with the Physics of Life Group in the Department of Physics at York. The Physics of Life Group at York captures Biological Physics and Biophysics, involving biophysics research and teaching which includes experimental and theoretical biophysics tools spanning multiple length and time scales, as well the use of physical science tools and techniques to address biophysics questions in the life sciences, physical methods of relevance to technology touching life (TTL) applications in biology and biomedicine, and approaches which use biophysics in the context of biological- derived material to explore new physics.
Posted on Thursday 17 October 2019
On 26th September 2019 more than 70 interdisciplinary scientists attended the half-day BPSI Symposium, “Modelling the ecology of complex communities”.
Posted on Wednesday 19 June 2019
Attendees from across Chemistry, Physics and Biology departments convene for talks presenting research in which light is used to measure, manipulate or interact with biological systems.
Posted on Thursday 7 February 2019
An exciting symposium of cutting-edge interdisciplinary science at the interface between the life and physical sciences.
Posted on Wednesday 6 February 2019
Co-hosted by the BPSI, Technologies for the Future, Bruker and KLOÉ
Posted on Monday 5 November 2018
An exciting symposium of cutting-edge interdisciplinary science at the interface between the life and physical sciences, in association with the Physics of Life Network UK and the Biological Physical Sciences Institute (BPSI) University of York.
Posted on Monday 1 October 2018
The BPSI Summer Symposium 2018: Business as Usual? – Collaborative Research at the University-Business Interface