The Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics is home to an internationally recognized group of scientists working on cutting-edge molecular life science research problems in diverse areas including cell signaling and metabolic regulation; aging and neurodegenerative diseases; protein engineering; structural biology and genetic code expansion technology; bioinformatics and computational biophysics; cancer biology; as well as chromatin structure and epigenetics. We are known for innovative classroom pedagogies, research and teaching excellence, dedicated faculty advisors and extraordinary laboratories to facilitate hands-on student learning. We are committed to our identity as a diverse, inclusive community of scientists and students pursuing and creating knowledge to provide key insights on fundamental life processes and human health related challenges.
Established in 1967, the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics is home to about 350 undergraduate majors and 30 graduate students. The department offers two Bachelor of Science degrees: one is in Biochemistry and Biophysics with options in advanced biophysics, neuroscience and pre-medicine. The other major is in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) and offers options in Advanced Molecular Biology, Computational Molecular Biology or Pre-Medicine. Our majors provide students a rigorous curriculum comprising both in-class and laboratory training as well as research experiences to prepare them for future graduate studies, medical school and a broad range of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers. Both majors allow students to explore their interests and acquire interdisciplinary expertise.
Biochemistry and Biophysics awards both masters and Ph.D. degrees. Graduate students work with faculty mentors and collaborators to become experts in their chosen area of research, and also have many opportunities to participate in teaching and outreach activities.