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.


September 11, 2018
Joan Steitz is the recipient of the 2018 Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science, one of the nation’s most prestigious prizes in medicine. Dr. Steitz was...
September 10, 2018
Congratulations to Karla Neugebauer on her directorship appointment to the Yale Center for RNA Science and Medicine. Members of the center consist of more than a dozen Yale...
August 13, 2018
By Meaghan Sullivan:  This past July, Kirsten Knecht was one of 9 out of over 500 presenters selected for a poster prize at the 2018 Protein Society meeting in Boston,...