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Cellular Biophysics Research Cluster

The goal of this cluster hire is to promote novel interdisciplinary approaches to fundamental questions in intracellular transport and cell motility.

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The University of Minnesota is internationally recognized for its faculty in the fields of protein and tissue engineering, polymer dynamics, molecular biophysics, biological transport, optics and imaging, and biomolecular engineering. We are eager to integrate the strengths of the physical sciences with the biological and biomedical sciences, and to foster a new culture of teamwork in a collegial research environment. We seek to infuse cell biology at the U of M with quantitative physical scientists, including chemists, physicists, engineers, structural biologists, computer scientists and mathematicians.

Intracellular transport and cell motility are chosen as biological themes because defects in these cellular mechanisms are increasingly being linked to human disease including neuromuscular degeneration, heart failure and cancer. The University of Minnesota has a nucleus of strong basic science investigators on which to build in these areas, and the anticipated hires will readily bridge to the neuroscience, cardiovascular and cancer research corridors. This hiring initiative is broad but will focus on investigators advancing cutting-edge optical and biophysical imaging methods, mathematical modeling and/or chemical approaches in the analysis of intracellular transport and cell motility. We seek to infuse cell biology at the U of M with quantitative physical scientists, including chemists, physicists, engineers, structural biologists, computer scientists, and mathematicians.