Paul K. Urayama

Associate ProfessorPaul Urayama

Faculty, Graduate Program in Cell, Molecular, and Structural Biology
Affiliate Faculty, Department of Chemical and Paper Engineering

Office: 107 Kreger, Office Hours

513.529.9274 (office phone)
513.529.5629 (fax)

Laboratory web page

B.S. Physics, University of California at Irvine, 1994.
B.S. Biological Sciences, University of California at Irvine, 1994.
Ph.D. Physics, Princeton University, 2001
Joined Miami University faculty in 2003

Teaching: Courses I typically teach are [textbooks in brackets]:

  • PHY185 - Experiencing The Physical World
  • PHY282 - Contemporary Physics II: Frontiers [Harris, Modern Physics]
  • PHY421 - Molecular and Cellular Biophysics [Nelson, Biological Physics]
  • PHY422 - Physics for Medicine and Biology [Hobbie and Roth, Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology]
  • PHY437 - Intermediate Thermodynamics and Intro to Statistical Physics [Gould and Tobochnik, Statistical and Thermal Physics]
  • PHY642 - Advanced Kinetic Theory and Statistical Mechanics [Pathria and Beale, Statistical Mechanics]

Research: My research area is experimental biological physics. My laboratory develops and applies methods of fluorescence-based metabolic sensing and microscopy imaging to piezophysiological studies. Recent papers have appeared in such journals as Analytical Chemistry, Journal of Biophotonics, and the Review of Scientific Instruments; all involve student co-authors. Publication list

My goal is to actively involve students in timely areas of biophysical research. I was awarded the 2015 College of Arts and Science Distinguished Educator Award for teaching and mentoring activities.

Advising: I advise biological physics majors and students interested in the health professions through the Premedical Advisory Committee. I also advise students on competitive merit-based STEM scholarship; I am the University's faculty representative for the Goldwater Scholarship and the faculty liaison for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.