Brandeis Innovation

Brandeis University—the youngest private research institution 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 and remains the smallest institution of this prestigious group.

A Powerful Life Sciences Program. The Biochemistry, Biology, and Neuroscience departments conduct cutting-edge research in more than fifty labs. Brandeis is home to the one of the nation’s top-ranked Neuroscience graduate program. As measured by journal articles and citations of their work, Brandeis’ science faculty and their students are twice as productive as their counterparts at other leading institutions in the field of neuroscience. Chemistry at Brandeis has a long tradition of innovation and excellence in both research and education, with internationally recognized research programs in both the traditional divisions of chemistry and the increasingly important interdisciplinary areas. Brandeis biochemists are developing treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and ALS, as well as for genetic diseases.

A Prestigious Faculty. Brandeis ranks second (after Caltech) out of more than 4,200 colleges and universities in the percentage of faculty who have been inducted into the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Current faculty include two MacArthur Fellows, both female, including a Professor of Biology; five members of the National Academy of Sciences; 22 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and four Howard Hughes Medical Investigators.

A Collaborative Laboratory Culture. Unlike other high-powered research institutions, the sciences at Brandeis are housed in an interconnected, seven building complex that encourages interdisciplinary collaboration. Cross-cutting alliances are inevitable: biologists, chemists, and neuroscientists are in proximity, allowing them to readily share their expertise and forge partnerships that result in provocative research and interdisciplinary work at the forefront of science.

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