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.


April 10, 2019
By Meaghan Sullivan:  Graduate students from the Malvankar Lab, Patrick O’Brien and Vishok Srikanth, were part of a collaboration between researchers at Yale, University of...
March 11, 2019
By Lisa Ogawa McLean:  On Wednesday, March 6th, in the Harkness Auditorium at the Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Joan A. Steitz was honored with the Second Annual Perspectives...
February 19, 2019
By Meaghan Sullivan: A new focused ion beam (FIB, named Aquilos from Thermo Fisher Scientific) arrived at West Campus this month, where it will be housed nearby Yale...