University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh/Carnegie Mellon University

Molecular Biophysics & Structural Biology Graduate Program


4200 Fifth Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15260

United States


1-412- 624-9300

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. - Molecular Biophysics & Structural Biology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Molecular Biophysics & Structural Biology (MBSB) Graduate Program at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University is an interdisciplinary program at the interfaces of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and other traditional disciplines. MBSB aims to unravel and explain biological phenomena and processes in atomic and molecular detail.

Research: Research conducted by faculty of the MBSB program cover a diverse range of topics in Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology. Areas of study are focused on understanding fundamental principles involved in reactions and interactions in biological systems. Research projects attempt to address and elucidate answers to questions such as:

  • How do proteins fold and can we prevent misfolding?
  • Can we design proteins with novel functions?
  • How does the coordinated interaction between proteins and nucleic acids lead to cellular differentiation and the formation of an organism?
  • How do macromolecules assemble into molecular machines or viruses and how do they operate?
  • How do signals traverse membranes?


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: To determine eligiblity for federal student aid, students should begin by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Federal School Code: 00337900

Locale: Large City

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