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.


Daniel DiMaio
September 11, 2020
The National Cancer Institute has named Daniel DiMaio, MD, PhD, a recipient of the Outstanding Investigator Award which is given to investigators with an exceptional record...
Sarah Prophet, Nick Huston, Marisa Michalchik, Seth Lyon, Vishok Srikanth
September 10, 2020
The 2019-20 Awards for Outstanding Teaching Fellows in MB&B have been announced by the Graduate Education Committee!!! Each year, instructors in MB&B course submit...
Mark Gerstein
September 2, 2020
Congratulations to Dr. Mark Gerstein (MB&B) for being awarded a $15 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). This award was given to Dr. Gerstein...