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.


Image of Associate Professor Sindelar and Professor De La Cruz
February 7, 2020
Congratulations to the Sindelar and De La Cruz labs on their recent article in PNAS that uses cryo-EM to reveal structures of the cytoskeletal regulatory factor cofilin ‘...
Image of Karla Neugebauer
January 30, 2020
Work done in MBB professor Karla Neugebauer’s lab was highlighted in the Jan/Feb issue of The Scientist magazine. The feature article—entitled “Alternative Splicing Provides...
Image of Yevheniia Ischenko of the Koleske Lab, December 20, 2019
December 20, 2019
Congratulations to Yevheniia (Jane) Ischenko from the Koleske Lab for being awarded a postdoc fellowship! She has been awarded the coveted American Heart Association (AHA)...