The goal of the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry is to understand life processes in terms of organic and physical chemistry. This necessitates a wide spectrum of research and teaching that encompasses the full range of molecular biophysics (including structural studies, energetics, molecular design/engineering, computational chemistry and genomics) as well as prominent areas in the molecular biology and genetics of prokaryotes, eukaryotes, and viruses. 

This spectrum interfaces both with the physical sciences in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the preclinical and clinical departments in the School of Medicine. Indeed, the Department views itself as a bridge between these geographic/administrative and intellectual extremes of the biological sciences. The Department’s size and distribution of interests is designed to be broad enough to make this a substantial bridge, but small enough to be a truly cohesive functional academic unit.


October 13, 2017
Congratulations to Nikhil Malvankar, Assistant Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, on receiving the prestigious NIH Director’s New Innovator Award! The New...
October 13, 2017
Patrick Sung’s lab has recently published research on newfound interactions of BRCA1 that could lead to new developments in breast cancer therapy. The study, led by Weixing...
September 7, 2017
With Yale University’s recent acquisition of a Titan Krios cryo-electron microscope, the MB&B department continues to pioneer at the forefront of structure determination...