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 15, 2018
By Dahyana Arias Escayola: Two members of MB&B participated in a panel hosted by Yale Law School on the Science of Science Communication. Carl Zimmer and Sarah Smaga...
September 25, 2018
By Dahyana Arias Escayola: For the first time this year, BBS along with the Office of Graduate Student Development and Diversity hosted 9 promising undergraduates as part of...
September 11, 2018
Joan Steitz is the recipient of the 2018 Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science, one of the nation’s most prestigious prizes in medicine. Dr. Steitz was...