Essay: Exploring the Physics of Basic Medical Research

Sandoghdar V (2024)

Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2024


Book Volume: 132

Article Number: 090001

Journal Issue: 9

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.132.090001


The 20th century witnessed the emergence of many paradigm-shifting technologies from the physics community, which have revolutionized medical diagnostics and patient care. However, fundamental medical research has been mostly guided by methods from areas such as cell biology, biochemistry, and genetics, with fairly small contributions from physicists. In this Essay, I outline some key phenomena in the human body that are based on physical principles and yet govern our health over a vast range of length and time scales. I advocate that research in life sciences can greatly benefit from the methodology, know-how, and mindset of the physics community and that the pursuit of basic research in medicine is compatible with the mission of physics.Part of a series of Essays that concisely present author visions for the future of their field.

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Sandoghdar, V. (2024). Essay: Exploring the Physics of Basic Medical Research. Physical Review Letters, 132(9).


Sandoghdar, Vahid. "Essay: Exploring the Physics of Basic Medical Research." Physical Review Letters 132.9 (2024).

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