Brandeis Innovation

Brandeis University—one of the youngest private research institutions in the United States—is dedicated to the advancement of the social, natural, and physical sciences. Before it had celebrated its fourth decade, the University was elected to membership in the Association of American Universities as one of the 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.  Today, Brandeis University remains the second smallest institution of this prestigious group. 

Powerful Physical and Life Sciences Programs. Cutting-edge research is conducted in more than fifty labs here at Brandeis. The University is home to the one of the nation’s top-ranked Neuroscience graduate program. As measured by journal articles and citations of their work, neuroscience faculty and their students are twice as productive as their counterparts at other leading institutions. Chemistry research has a reputation for innovation and excellence in both research and education, with internationally recognized programs in both the traditional divisions and the increasingly important interdisciplinary areas. The biochemistry research at Brandeis is making strides in developing treatments for neurodegenerative and genetic diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and ALS.  Brandeis is also the home of an active and prominent Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), founded in 2008 with a highly-competitive NSF grant.  Faculty across all the physical science departments contributes collaborative and individual research, publications and prestige to the center.

A Prestigious Faculty. Researchers at Brandeis contribute significantly in the life and physical science fields, as demonstrated by the amount of funding awarded (over $45 million from the NSF alone as of April 2016) and the number of prestigious awards, fellowships and memberships held by our faculty. Brandeis counts among its faculty two MacArthur Fellows, both female, including a Professor of Biology; three Howard Hughes Medical Investigators; five members of the National Academy of Sciences; nine American Association for the Advancement of Science fellows; seven members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and 33 Sloan Foundation fellows. In addition, one faculty member won the 2016 Kavli Prize in neuroscience and two other faculty members received research grants from the National Institute of Health under President Barack Obama’s BRAIN Initiative (Brain research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies), one of which acted as a member of the Initiative’s advisory board.  Brandeis is also a member of the National Academy of Innovators.

A Collaborative Laboratory Culture. The close-knit culture combined with ground-breaking research at Brandeis provides faculty and students a uniquely collaborative culture.  The Division of Sciences encompasses seven departments along with five interdepartmental programs and six research centers, encouraging interdepartmental partnerships and cross-cutting alliances.  Unlike other high-powered research institutions, the sciences at Brandeis are housed in an interconnected, seven-building complex, further fostering interdisciplinary collaboration.

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