Biophysics & Soft Condensed Matter

How do mechanics and thermodynamics guide the behavior of biological materials, especially membranes and collections of cells?  

How do soft materials and complex fluids self-organize?

Can we use bio-molecules to create new sorts of complex materials for non-biological purposes?

We design and conduct experiments to explore these issues.  By "experiments" we mean a wide range of studies using many different tools and techniques, with special emphasis on optical microscopy -- see the Research page for more information (and a few pictures).  "We" means Prof. Raghuveer Parthasarathy graduate students, undergraduate students, and postdocs. The lab is located in 372 Willamette Hall, at the University of Oregon.

Our particle localization and tracking page.

Feel free to contact Prof. Parthasarathy (raghu [at] with questions, including inquiries about joining the group.

Biophysics Working Group: web page and Journal Club

Internal site