Peter Hoffmann is a professor of physics at Wayne State University and an Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He did his undergraduate studies in physics and mathematics at Technische Universität Clausthal, Germany. He has a MS in physics from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Before coming to Wayne State, he was a research fellow at Oxford University in the UK. His research interests are the area of nanomechanics, biophysics and atomic force microscopy. He is one of the founders of the Wayne State Biomedical Physics program.