The twenty-first century is witness to the biochemistry/molecular biology revolution to solve theoretical and practical questions of life processes at the molecular level. The excitement comes from unprecedented opportunities to uncover how macromolecules fit together in the context of cells and larger networks.
Biochemistry at Northeastern University got its start as an interdisciplinary program sponsored by the Departments of Biology and of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. This dual sourcing has provided students with a wide range of opportunities from the study of biologically important macromolecules from a chemical point of view, to the study of biological systems from an evolutionary and genomics 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 acid biochemistry, including signaling, global regulators and master switches in networks in early development and tissue regeneration. In the new College of Science, Biochemistry has come to the forefront of interdisciplinary science and earned a new place in the College with an independent office and dedicated staff and faculty.
Graduates from our program have gone on to pursue medical and other advanced degrees at 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, and Genentech. Our uniquely developed 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 first newsletter. We welcome your inquiries about our program!
Director, Biochemistry Program