Brandeis University

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Biochemistry and Biophysics


415 South Street, MS 084

Waltham, MA 02453

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

Located just outside of Boston with its world-renowned academic and scientific resources, Brandeis is in an ideal location for internships, research, and career opportunities. The graduate program in Biochemistry and Biophysics offers advanced education in the principles and practice of macromolecular chemistry, mechanism, and structure. All aspects of this program are aimed at the question: how do macromolecules work? How do proteins, membranes, nucleic acids, membrane assemblies, and high-order complexes of these enormous molecules use physical-chemical principles to act in the varied contexts that underlie biological function? Faculty participating in this program share the conviction that the coherent operation of living cells, and its disruption in disease, is ultimately understandable in terms of the chemistry and physics of biological macromolecules.

This highly multidisciplinary program draws students from two types of undergraduate backgrounds: those with more chemically based training (Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology majors) and those from Physics, Engineering, or Mathematics, who wish to bring quantitative skills to bear upon biological problems. This student mix is meant to be mutually reinforcing, so that during the trajectory to the Ph.D. degree, all trainees master both chemical and quantitative approaches to the art of macromolecular analysis. The program offers:

  • a rigorous curriculum of courses emphasizing macromolecular structure and function
  • four student-selected laboratory rotations during the first academic year
  • original thesis research in laboratories operating on the edge of discovery
  • practice in conveying scientific information via expository writing and public speaking
  • specialized informal seminars, discussion-groups, and journal-clubs
  • opportunities to present research results at professional scientific meetings

An interactive, informal spirit pervades the Life Science programs at Brandeis. Students may choose research labs from all Life Science faculty regardless of departmental affiliation. Since most research groups are small, faculty members maintain close interactions with students, and collaborations among laboratories are common.


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Eligibility Requirements:

All applicants must have obtained a bachelor's degree or the international equivalent prior to matriculation. Applicants are considered holistically on the basis of a number of factors. In most cases, previous work as an undergraduate major or as a formal minor (18 credits or more) is desirable. However, an applicant should always check with the biochemistry and biophysics department concerning the suitability of previous academic work as it pertains to the degree program in question.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: A variety of loan programs, including the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the TERI Continuing Education Loan, may be available to Graduate Professional Studies students who meet this criteria.

Locale: Midsize Suburb

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