Task Force on Applications of Biophysics

Last modified: June 7, 2016


The Taskforce “Applications of Biophysics” has been established to promote the connection of biophysics to the public sectors in our society by advertising the usefulness of biophysics as application tools. Particularly, a focus is given to the biophysical methods, which include those useful not only in academic but also in public sectors.

The Biophysical Society of Japan (BSJ) has created a webpage that deals with the ‘Applications of Biophysics’. The page is available now and features articles about the technology of biophysics. The articles are the work of IUPAB’s own  “Applications of Biophysics” task force.

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Please see also the link to “Encyclopaedia of Biophysical Methods” under Publications on the IUPAB website.


■To maintain in the IUPAB members an awareness of a wide range of methods in biophysical applications.

■To encourage specialists in biophysical methods by giving an opportunity for them to advertise their innovations both inside and outside biophysical societies.

■To catalyze collaboration between specialists in biophysical methods and specialists in public areas such as engineering, medicine, agriculture etc.

■To transfer the critical knowledge on biophysical applications to students and young scientists with limited access to it.


■Mission Ⅰ: Web publication in the IUPAB website as “Encyclopedia of Biophysical Methods-IUPAB” to introduce successful examples of biophysical methods in association with articles from companies working together to develop the methods.

■Mission Ⅱ: Management of workshops or meetings related to “Applications of Biophysics”.

(Co-sponsorship between IUPAB and the Biophysical Society of Japan(BSJ) initializes the management of “Encyclopedia of Biophysical Methods”, where Mission I is pursued with a linkage between two sites of Encyclopedia of Biophysical Methods-IUPAB and Encyclopaedia of Biophysical Methods-BSJ.  The co-sponsorship between IUPAB and BSJ through “Encyclopedia of Biophysical Methods” will be a role model to the other biophysical societies adhered to IUPAB.  The writing style in Encyclopedia of Biophysical Methods is a combination of two articls: one from the academic sector and the other from the industrial sector, both of which are assumed to work together for the development of concerned biophysical methods.)


The Taskforce is composed of

■Kuniaki Nagayama (Convenor)

National Institute for Physiological Sciences, National Institutes of Natural Sciences, Japan, Email: nagayama@nips.ac.jp

■Gordon C K Roberts (IUPAB President)

Department of Biochemistry, University of Leicester, UK, Email: gcr@le.ac.uk

■N.R. Jagannathan

All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India, Email: jagan1954@hotmail.com

■Pingsheg Liu

Institute of Biophysics, China, Email: pliu@sun5.ibp.ac.cn

■Marcelo M. Morales

CCS Bloco G02-48 Ilha do Fundão Cidade Universitária, Brazil,

Email: mmorales@biof.ufrj.br

■Dr G. Ulrich Nienhaus

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, Email: uli.nienhaus@kit.edu

■Hiroyuki Noji

Department of Applied Chemistry, The University of Tokyo, Japan,

Email: hnoji@appchem.t.u.-tokyo.ac.jp

■Catherine A. Royer

Centre de Biochimie Structurale, France, Email: catherine.royer@cbs.cnrs.fr


Single molecule biophysics, Fluorescence bioimaging, Electron bioimaging,

Mass bioimaging, Atomic force boimaging, Bionanotechnology, Biosensors


Drug design, Genome sequencing, Biophysical diagnostics of cancer disease, Biophysical diagnostics of brain disease, Biophysical diagnostics of cardiac disease, Clinical applications of Metabolomics, Clinical applications of MRI & MRS, Clinical applications of NIR fluorescence, Optical mammography, Photoenergy conversion for new energy, Biosensors, Bionanotechnology, Proton therapy, Functional MRI for cognitive science, Molecular imaging in disease evaluation.


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