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.


October 16, 2020
This year, candidates for tenure-track Assistant Professor positions in MB&B will be asked to submit anonymized applications—no names of people, places, funding agencies...
Jennifer Doudna
October 14, 2020
The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded on Wednesday, October 7th to Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier for “the development of a method for genome editing.”...
Aruna Pawashe and lab members
October 6, 2020
As the recent Yale Daily News article explains, MB&B’s Aruna Pawashe is one of a number of instructional faculty who are rising to the challenge of adhering to COVID-19...