I like to say when asked why I pursue science, that it is to satisfy my curiosity, that I am by nature a searcher trying to understand. If you haven't found something strange during the day, it hasn't been much of a day.
John A. Wheeler
Paul Urayama


Ph.D. Physics, Princeton University, 2001
B.S. Physics, University of California at Irvine, 1994.

B.S. Biological Sciences, University of California at Irvine, 1994.
Joined Miami University faculty in 2003


Associate Professor


Faculty, Graduate Program in Cell, Molecular, and Structural Biology

Affiliate Faculty, Department of Chemical and Paper Engineering
Office: 39 Culler
513.529.5629 (fax)

My goal is to actively involve students in timely areas of biophysical research.  The laboratory is a community where students engage in activities that develop skills needed for independent thinking.  My research involves investigating pressure effects on biological systems using fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy imaging, and developing and applying non-invasive methods for metabolic monitoring.


Courses I normally teach include: PHY171/172 (College Physics); PHY181/182 (The Physical World); PHY421 (Molecular and Cellular Biophysics); PHY422 (Physics for Medicine and Biology); and PHY437 (Intermediate Thermodynamics and Introduction to Statistical Physics).


I also advise biological physics majors and students interested in the health professions.