Biological Physics


Biological Physics (BioP)

The BioP group at the Department of Physics and Astronomy focuses on solving key intellectual and practical problems in the physics of biological systems and the underlying properties of soft matter, from intramolecular to cellular length scales, using experimental, computational and theoretical methods.


We carry out outstanding research at the interface between physics and biology.



Find information about our academic staff, researchers and professional services.

Study and Studentships

Study and Studentships

An exciting area for students interested in interdisciplinary science.

Our activities at the Department of Physics and Astronomy are part of a much larger, UCL-wide research activity on biological physics, spread over different departments, institutes and networks:

London Centre for Nanotechnology

A significant part of our research is based at the London Centre for Nanotechnology.

Institute for the Physics of Living Systems

Our researchers are part of the cross-faculty Institute for the Physics of Living Systems.

Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology

The Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology spans research at UCL and Birkbeck.

Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology

The Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology investigates fundamental aspects of cell function and human disease.

Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology

The Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology undertakes interdisciplinary research into the nervous system.

Medical Physics

The Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering develops new technologies for diagnosing, treating and managing medical conditions and diseases.

Soft Materials Network

The Soft Materials Network provides a platform for UCL researchers that are interested in soft materials.