Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology

The Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology (BBSB) track of the BBS at Yale University provides predoctoral students with practical and intellectual training across a broad range of research. The diverse interests of our trainers are united by a common view that a biological problem is understood when its molecular, chemical, kinetic and thermodynamic mechanisms have been elucidated. Such an undertaking is both enlightening and enabling, providing pathways to innovation in modern medicine. Correspondingly, our trainers and trainees are joined by a shared fascination with physical chemistry, structural biology, biochemistry, computation, spectroscopy, macromolecular engineering, imaging and molecular medicine.

Students in this track, irrespective of their choice of direction, are expected to meet rigorous standards in their course work, qualifying exams and research. Our mission is to impart to these young men and women the intellectual and practical skills needed to engage molecular mechanisms at the highest level. It is our goal to develop our students¹ independence, creativity and rigor, while fostering their adventurousness. These are the attributes that will propel our trainees to be future leaders in the field.

"The BBSB track provides a well rounded foundation in biochemistry and biophysics through its core courses, while electives allow students to develop their own passions. Laboratory research rotations allow students to experience a range of research topics and mentors before choosing a thesis lab, experiencing classroom knowledge first hand. The BBSB track has been a perfect fit for my existing interest in structural biology. I have found a rich community of scholars in departmental seminars, informal research talks and in daily conversations with fellow students. During my free time, New Haven provides endless opportunities for exploration." 
Sarah Smaga 
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Track

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