Wikipedia:WikiProject Molecular Biology/Biophysics

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Welcome to WikiProject Biophysics. Several Wikipedians, initially from the Biophysical Society, have formed this collaboration resource and group dedicated to improving Wikipedia's coverage of Biophysics and the organization of information and articles on this topic. This page and its subpages contain their suggestions and various resources; it is hoped that this project will help to focus the efforts of other Wikipedians interested in the topic. If you would like to help, please join the project, inquire on the talk page and see the to-do list below.


Biophysics can be described as a branch of science that applies techniques from physics to the study of biology. This project will primarily cover articles about subject-area results and methods in biophysics, but also general overviews, history, organizations, and people.


  • Improve articles related to biophysics topics
  • Provide a place where editors interested in biophysics can work together and coordinate
  • Improve the categorization of biophysics topics


Featured Images
Hemoglobin T-R states - Picture of the Day for 2005-11-28
DNA clamp - en.WP Picture of the Day for 2006-12-17
Diffusion MRI scan - Commons Picture of the Day for 2008-03-10
TIM ribbon - en.WP Picture of the Day for 2009-11-19
DNA structure - featured picture

PDB releases Molecule of the Month images under open licensesEdit

In 2014, WikiProject Biophysics persuaded David Goodsell and the RCSB Protein DataBank to assign a CC-BY-3.0 (now CC-BY-4.0) open license to his iconic shaded space-fill drawings of molecules in his 'Molecule of the Month' feature on the RCSB PDB web site (>200 of them so far). In addition, a minority of the molecular landscapes have been released under open licenses. There are now categories for "Molecule of the Month" and "Molecular Landscapes" on Wikimedia Commons for the images uploaded so far - please help us add more!

Biophysical Society Wiki editing ContestEdit

From 2012 to 2014, the Biophysical Society sponsored contests for the most improved biophysics-related articles, image collections, or other contributions to Wikipedia or Commons, or other relevant progress. The Biophysics wiki-edit contest page has more details, including the winners and what they did. Up to six winners received $100, a barnstar on their talk page, and free membership and registration to the following year's Biophysical Society meeting. All entrants got a neat button to wear. There is not a current contest.

Media coverageEdit

In 2015, Ben Lillie wrote in the Atlantic Monthly about one of our WikiProject Biophysics Good Articles, which happens to be a biography of Frederic Richards, his grandfather:

  • Lillie, Ben (2014-11-18). "What Wikipedia Taught Me About My Grandfather". The Atlantic.

In 2013, WikiProject members were interviewed in The Signpost:

2 people ParticipantsEdit

A list of Biophysics taskforce members (along with some of their interests) is maintained under the WikiProject Molecular Biology page. To join, simply add yourself at that page and indicate your interests.

Although this taskforce is currently considered inactive, it can always be reactivated if there are interested participants!

  • Dcrjsr (talk · contribs) (Interests: structural biology & structural bioinformatics, adding relevant images to Commons [1], and helping organize editing efforts in this area.) 17:21, 20 February 2012 (UTC)
  • jeremyblock (talk · contribs) (Interests: history of the fields, the impacts on broader society of biophysics, on structural biology, and on structural bioinformatics. I'm interested in helping to expand and cross-link the efforts to other parts of Wikipedia.) 20:44, 20 February 2012 (UTC)
  • Antony-22 (talk · contribs) (I work in the DNA nanotechnology/synthetic biology/systems biology world, and can also contribute more generally.) 19:17, 21 February 2012 (UTC)
  • RockMagnetist (talk · contribs) (I am interested in magnetoception.) 02:29, 22 February 2012 (UTC)
  • Shanata (talk · contribs) (Interests: ion channels/electrophysiology, structure-function studies, small molecule ligands) 19:54, 3 March 2012 (UTC)
  • Daniel Mietchen (talk · contribs) (General interest in linking biophysics to other areas; special interest in Magnetic Resonance Microscopy) 14:03, 7 March 2012 (UTC)
  • Keilana (talk · contribs) (Interests: not sure yet, but I'm studying to be a biophysicist so I'm sure I'll figure that out eventually.) 05:23, 6 November 2012 (UTC)
  • Mark viking (talk · contribs) (Interests: DNA and protein dynamics, evolution and genetics, complex systems approaches to molecular biology) 04:28, 16 December 2012 (UTC)
  • showjumpersam (talk · contribs) (Interests: chemical biology, lipid phase behaviour and role in vivo) 06:56, 25 January 2016 (CET), Chemical biology
  • dbsseven (talk · contribs) (Interests: Ion channels, secondary membrane transporters)
  • DJW56 (talk · contribs) (Interests: Membranes, exocytosis) 16:38, 20 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Biochemlife (talk · contribs) (Interests: macromolecular crystallography, biochemistry, science communication)
  • Phacelias (talk · contribs) (Interests: Biophysics, macromolecules, information and entropy, evolution) 11:23, 4 February 2019 (UTC)
  • subcellular (talk · contribs) (Interests: ion channels and G protein-coupled receptors) 21:35, 20 February 2012 (UTC)
  • Wbarendall (talk · contribs) (I am interested in working. I do that structure voodoo, like I do so well.) 21:04, 21 February 2012 (UTC)
  • DavetheMage (talk · contribs) (Interests: crystallography of proteins and RNAs, molecular graphics.) 05:34, 22 February 2012 (UTC)
  • Rickludescher (talk · contribs) (Interests: protein structure and dynamics; luminescence techniques; solid state biomolecules; history of biophysics) 22:36, 26 February 2012 (UTC)
  • Kreuzer5 (talk · contribs) (Interests: molecular mechanics)
  • Pablo.gainza (talk · contribs) (Interests: protein design methods, empirical energy functions, rotamer libraries.) 21:16, 9 March 2012 (UTC)
  • videau (talk · contribs) (Interests: protein structure/function) 15:00, 19 June 2012 (UTC)
  • jjheadd (talk · contribs) (Interests: macromolecular crystallography, structure refinement, methods development) 09:08, 24 January 2013 (UTC)
  • themadbiochemist (talk · contribs) (Interests: macromolecular crystallography, crystal growth, high-resolution crystallography) 09:21, 24 January 2013 (UTC)
  • GJKapral (talk · contribs) (Interests: RNA structure validation, esp. the three Rs: ribosomes, ribozymes, riboswitches; RNA-protein interactions) 20:42, 28 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Vinchenzo8 (talk · contribs) (Interests: macromolecular structure, visualization, validation) 15:23, 5 February 2013 (UTC)
  • mis2066 (talk · contribs) (Interests: computational chemistry, quantum mechanics, molecular dynamics, ligand binding, ion channels and transporters, biophysical chemistry, x-ray crystallography) 02:00, 21 February 2013 (UTC)
  • SharksandPain (talk · contribs) (Interest: general interest, sensory biophysics, ion channels, GPCR, NGF, electrophysiology) SharksandPain (talk) 06:15, 22 February 2013 (UTC)
  • Qxukhgiels (talk · contribs) (Interests: computational chemistry, quantum mechanics, medicinal physics, molecular dynamics, ion channels and transporters, and biophysical chemistry, etc.)
  • Homunculus7 (talk · contribs) (Interests: structure/function) 01:11, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Diffusive (talk · contribs) (Interests: Membranes, cell motility)
  • RaptorChief (talk · contribs) (talk) 05:44, 1 February 2018 (UTC)

Books ArticlesEdit

Featured articlesEdit

  DNA nanotechnology
  Enzyme kinetics
  X-ray crystallography

Good articlesEdit

New articlesEdit

Please feel free to list new Biophysics-related articles here (newer articles at the top, please). Any new articles that have an interesting or unusual fact in them, are at least over 1,500 characters of prose, don't have any dispute templates on them, and cite their sources, should be suggested for the Did you know? box on the Wikipedia Main Page.


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