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.


June 6, 2019
By Lisa Ogawa McLean:  Congratulations to Drs. Andrew Miranker and John Deacon for being awarded funding from the Blavatnik Fund for Innovation at Yale. On May 8th at the...
June 4, 2019
By Lisa Ogawa McLean:  Congratulations to Katie Farley-Barnes (Baserga Lab) and Brady Summers (Xiong Lab), as each were awarded the 2019 Mary Ellen Jones Dissertation Prize...
April 30, 2019
By Lisa Ogawa:  Congratulations to Clorice Reinhardt and incoming Biochemistry, Quantitative Biology, Biophysics and Structural Biology (BQBS) students, Sara Siwiecki and...