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.


Chuck Sindelar
August 3, 2020
The Sindelar lab recently refined a 3D cryo-EM method that allows for better understanding of the structural origins of microtubule flexibility and dynamics. Tubular polymers...
Tara Alpert and Jeremy Schofield
July 14, 2020
Mary Ellen Jones Prize Dr. Tara Alpert defended her thesis entitled “Coordination Between Pre-mRNA Splicing and Cleavage in Budding Yeast” in March 2020. Her thesis work,...
Tony Koleske
July 6, 2020
Congratulations to Tony on receiving another admirable achievement this year of the Ensign Professor of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry and of Neuroscience. Tony’s...