Biochemistry faculty

Welcome to the Department of Biochemistry at Brandeis University.

Biochemistry lies at the center of the three "hard" sciences: physics, chemistry and biology. Drawing from principles based in physics and chemistry that govern the behavior of molecules, biochemistry seeks to understand how these principles underlie the workings of living cells. The focus of the Brandeis biochemistry curriculum is the study of protein, DNA, and RNA macromolecules. Complexes of these molecules are the machines that carry out all operations of living cells.

Two features of biochemistry as a discipline influence our undergraduate curriculum. First, biochemistry finds value in studying the isolated parts of biological machines as a means of understanding those more complicated machines themselves. Second, as a relatively young science, biochemistry is a moving target. While the fundamental physical-chemical principles underlying macromolecular behavior are timeless, the biochemical manifestations of these principles continue to change on the rapidly expanding edge of discovery. Our curriculum is designed to track this change and to train students to engage with future issues in life-science, even ones that do not currently exist.

Brandeis offers both a BS and a four-year combined BS/MS degree in Biochemistry. Graduate students can earn a MS or PhD degree through our Biochemistry and Biophysics graduate program.