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    Biochemistry and molecular biology are the frontier sciences of the twenty first century. Whether cloning a gene, dissecting how proteins interact with each other, exploring how DNA is damaged and repaired or designing drugs targeted to orphan diseases, biochemistry and molecular biology have opened up new avenues to solving previously intractable problems.

    Biochemistry at Northeastern is sponsored jointly by the Departments of Biology and of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. This dual sourcing provides a multifaceted range of expertise and research opportunities from the study of biologically important macromolecules from a chemical point of view to the study of biological systems from a evolutionary point of view. Research topics range from bioinformatics; protein biochemistry, including advances in separation sciences physical chemical characterization and structure-function relationships; drug development for neglected and other diseases; and nucleic biochemistry including DNA damage and repair, signaling, global regulators and master switches in networks in early development and tissue regeneration. In the growing College of Science, Biochemistry has come to the forefront of interdisciplinary science and earned a new place with an independent office and dedicated staff and faculty. Undergraduate research in faculty labs is particularly encouraged.

    Graduates from our program have gone on to pursue medical and other advanced degrees at University of Chicago, Emory University, Cornell University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Harvard University, Tufts University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, UMass Worcester, Brown University and Columbia Physicians and Surgeons. They are employed at wide-ranging companies and laboratories, including the National Institutes of Health, Sanofi-Pasteur, Genentech, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, MGH, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, US Army, Wakefield Animal Hospital, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Genzyme, Novartis, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Beth Israel Hospital, among others. Our unique cooperative education program affords our undergraduates the ideal preparation for employment in biotechnology, hospitals and research laboratories around the world.

    Recent news about our program may be found in our most current newsletter. We welcome your inquiries about our program!

    Phyllis Strauss,
    Director, Biochemistry Program