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.


February 15, 2019
By Nakeirah Christie:  Congratulations to Dana Joseph, C’21 (Branford College) on her new co-first authored publication alongside co-first author, Yale OB-GYN resident Sarah...
February 8, 2019
The collaborative research of Professors Karla Neugebauer, Jonathan Howard and postdoctoral fellow Jonathan Rodenfels has revealed a surprise in the primary energetic cost...
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-...