Reviving this thread from the dead...Biophysics has several branches, and I don't know how gravitational waves (which essentially has to do with quantum field theory and general relativity) can directly connect to the field. However...
1) Protein folding and macromolecular structure and dynamics, which has traditionally been the dominant field in biophysics, requires a lot of similiar mathematics (i.e. basic analysis, diffeq). In specific, people are starting to use path integral from QFT approach in solving the protein folding problem
2) In neurophysiology, which can be roughly considered a intersection between biophysics and neuroscience, many of the same mathematics is used (the math for Zeeman's effect in quantum mechanics is used for predicting visual hallucination, for instance)
In general, biophysics has more to do with condensed matter physics (crystals, solids, fluids) than high energy physics or cosmology. However, if you are strong in hard physics, it's pretty easy to make the transition.
If you are a physics or math major, or in engineering, and have a decent command of mathematics and a reasonable background in physics, I think QM is a good course to take because knowing the magic of QM at least once provides a very interesting perspective on the rest of your life. I consider QM to be one of, if not THE, most important single intellectual discovery of mankind. Certain math in QM does recur in other contexts, such as integration of various probability density functions and linear algebra, so in that sense it's also useful.Reviving this thread from the dead...
I am interested in biophysics for MD/PhD work. I realize that in 12 years there must be more going on in the field, especially given how enthusiastic the physics head at my college was about how booming that area of research is becoming. I'm interested in neurology, endocrinology, and psychiatry and I'm going to be in a biochemistry lab next semester for research.
So my questions...
Thanks for any input!
- Aside from anything in the quote above, what new sort of things are going on in the field of biophysics? I'd like to get a sense of what the field is like nowadays.
- Should I take quantum mechanics if I'm interested in the biophysics route? I asked three people (the physics head, the chemistry head, and the health careers advising director) and only the physics head thought it would be a good idea. I'm interested in it. What do you think?