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.


Rachel Jaber Chehayeb and Jessica Wang
August 12, 2020
MB&B is extremely proud of our undergraduate students Rachel Jaber Chehayeb (’20) and Jessica Wang (’19) for their first- and second-authorship of “The GTPase-activating...
Sindelar lab members
August 7, 2020
Congratulations to the Sindelar lab on their third publication of the year. This article published in eLife examines how asymmetric sheaths contribute to flagellar...
Chuck Sindelar
August 3, 2020
The Sindelar lab recently refined a 3D cryo-EM method that allows for better understanding of the structural origins of microtubule flexibility and dynamics. Tubular polymers...