Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
415 South Street, MS 084
Waltham, MA 02453
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:
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.
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