Molecular Biophysics Ph.D. Program

Molecular Biophysics Interview Dates:

January 18-20
March 8-10


Alternative Interview Dates (Molecular Biophysics faculty may or may not be available):

 January 25-27
February 8-10
February 15-17
March 1-3

The Molecular Biophysics Graduate Program offers a vibrant environment for students interested in solving biological problems using interdisciplinary, quantitative approaches. The MB Graduate Program has around 40 faculty members who bring diverse backgrounds and interests, from mathematics to genetics, physics to neuroscience, chemistry to evolution, etc. Biological areas of study include trans-membrane transport and signaling, intracellular organization, gene expression and regulation, protein folding and mis-folding, and more. Computational and systems-level approaches coexist and synergize with structure, biochemistry, and imaging. Prospective students interested in joining the program should apply to the umbrella program in the Division and Basic Science.

After rigorous coursework and laboratory rotations during the first year, students pursue full-time research in a rich training environment that provides access to, and training on, a wide variety of state-of-the-art instrumentation: synchrotron radiation, NMR and fluorescence spectrometers, cryo-electron and advanced fluorescence microscopes, high-performance computing, analytical ultracentrifugation, isothermal titration calorimetry, and more. Instrumentation is housed in individual faculty labs or as part of core facilities like the Structural Biology Core, Macromolecular Biophysics Resource, and Live Cell Imaging Core.

Molecular Biophysics trainees successfully compete for national pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships. The Molecular Biophysics program has a long history as a strong training environment, and has been recognized for excellence by the NIH by a T32 training award that has been running for 25 years. Students hone their presentation skills through annual research presentations to the entire program, and regularly have opportunities to meet with leading scientists from other institutions as part of numerous seminar series, including one hosted by the program. Graduates transition successfully to a wide variety of positions.

Message from the Program Chair

Luke Rice, Ph.D.
Professor, Biochemistry
Graduate School: Ph.D., Yale University, 2000
Postdoctoral Training: University of California, San Francisco

The mission of the Molecular Biophysics graduate program is to help trainees become accomplished scientists, serious thinkers, and effective communicators. The program provides rigorous coursework that is regularly adjusted based on feedback from current students.  As early as their rotations and throughout their time here, students use and receive expert training on cutting-edge biophysical instrumentation. The scientific environment is top-notch. Current program priorities are to expand and strengthen training and mentoring focused on written and oral communication, and to increase our trainees’ already impressive success rates for independent fellowships. The Molecular Biophysics program maintains a supportive and collaborative environment where trainees thrive. Come join us!