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.


August 21, 2019
Congratulations to Josie Bircher of the Koleske Lab for her successful NIH predoctoral grant!  She has been awarded a coveted Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service...
August 21, 2019
by Nakeirah Christie MBB adjunct professor and highly esteemed science writer Carl Zimmer has won a 2019 Communication Award for his book She Has Her Mother’s Laugh,...
August 19, 2019
by Nakeirah Chrisitie photo by Jon Atherton This month, Protopedia named the structures for cytochrome nanowires one the highest impact structures of the 21st century. The...