Welcome to the Department of Biochemistry at Boston University School of Medicine. We are a highly interactive group of faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows with diverse research interests in biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, and genetics. We use cutting-edge technologies and experimental systems to address the cellular and molecular mechanisms of biological processes, particularly those that relate broadly to human disease. Specific research themes within the department include:

The Department of Biochemistry is part of a large medical school/hospital complex that includes state-of-the-art laboratories and core facilities. Under the direction of our Chair, Dr. David A. Harris, our department embarked on an exciting expansion initiative, with the recruitment of new faculty members and substantial renovation of our research laboratories.

Our faculty are committed to the education of graduate, medical, and dental students. As part of Graduate Medical Sciences, the Department of Biochemistry currently offers the following degree programs: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and a combined Doctor of Medicine degree with a PhD (MD/PhD). Our PhD program is part of an interdisciplinary, “umbrella” program called the Program in Biomedical Sciences (or PiBS for short).

Student Life

Students are actively engaged in department activities. Our students serve on department committees and help to organize various social and academic events for students and the entire department. Our students are also active in on-campus student organizations including the BU Biomedical PhD Student Organization (BPSO) and the Graduate Medical Sciences Student Organization (GMSSO), an organization whose membership includes students in all programs throughout Graduate Medical Sciences.

Please return to our Department of Biochemistry website or contact Dr. Barbara Schreiber, Director of Graduate Studies, for additional information.