Chemical Biology

Chemical biology combines the rigor and quantitative aspects of traditional chemistry and biochemistry programs with the excitement and medical relevance of modern molecular, cellular, organismic, and human biology. Internationally recognized as a vital interdisciplinary field, it offers an exciting research direction for bright undergraduates.

Increasingly, many biological problems demand molecular and quantitative answers that can only be supplied by tools and approaches derived from chemistry, such as single-molecule measurements, single-cell imaging, and the use of exogenous molecules to precisely modulate cellular components.

Chemical Biology Faculty

Emily  Balskus

Emily Balskus

Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of Chemistry
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
(Accepting Graduate Students)
Adam Cohen

Adam Cohen

Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and of Physics
(Accepting Graduate Students)
Professor Dan Kahne

Dan Kahne

Higgins Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
(Accepting Graduate Students)
Assistant Professor Brian Liau

Brian Liau

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
(Accepting Graduate Students)
David R. Liu

David R. Liu

Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
(Accepting Graduate Students)
Daniel G. Nocera

Daniel G. Nocera

Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy
(Accepting Graduate Students)
Stuart L. Schreiber

Stuart L. Schreiber

Morris Loeb Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
(Accepting Graduate Students)
Matthew Shair

Matthew Shair

Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
(Accepting Graduate Students)
Jack W. Szostak

Jack W. Szostak

Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Professor of Genetics
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
Alexander Rich Distinguished Investigator, Massachusetts General Hospital (Not Accepting Graduate Students)
Gregory Verdine

Gregory Verdine

Erving Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus
(Not Accepting Graduate Students)
Assistant Professor Christina Woo

Christina Woo

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
(Accepting Graduate Students)