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.


January 22, 2019
By Lisa Ogawa McLean:  On Friday, January 18th, family, friends and colleagues gathered at a symposium in the Yale Law School Auditorium to honor Tom Steitz, PhD. This one-...
January 11, 2019
To the Yale School of Medicine Community, Please mark your calendars for March 6, 2019 when we will host a symposium honoring Joan Steitz, PhD: Metamorphosis: Perspectives on...
December 21, 2018
By Lisa Ogawa McLean:  Congratulations to Dr. John Deacon from the Engelman Lab for winning 1 of 4 prizes at this year’s Yale Lifesciences Pitchfest! Pitchfest is an annual...