Education & Training

Education and training are core tenets of our mission. Our faculty are among the world’s leading experts in chemistry and chemical biology, and our innovative course designs ensure our students receive hands-on, explorative training that crosses disciplinary boundaries. 


Our department invites aspiring chemists to participate in research at every level. We provide undergraduategraduate, and postdoctoral training. Crystallography education and outreach program can be found here.

We also offer an interdepartmental PhD program in chemical physics


Assistant Professor Kang-Kuen Ni, in a light blue button up, her hair tied back in a ponytail, leans over to look at a female student's laptop as two other students look on in the backgroundAssociate Professor Kang-Kuen Ni (right) developed a new course to teach complex quantum chemistry through more hands-on, interactive visuals. 


Why CCB?

Science in the 21st century is rich with opportunity and challenge. Our pillars for success in this complex world are all tied to interactions—between people and between disciplines. By building both strong interpersonal connections between our students and faculty, and effective bridges between disciplines, students and researchers in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology can thrive at the frontiers of research in the chemical and life sciences.

Students’ own interests and those of their faculty supervisor(s) guide the direction of their studies. The department’s interactive and supportive social structure is a key element for promoting a high quality-of-life while achieving a high level of success.

Our faculty are dedicated to sharing their rich training in the unique tools of chemical inquiry and a commitment to scientific investigation at the molecular level. We encourage students to explore problems of intrinsic interest and importance at the frontiers of chemical science. We offer many opportunities for interdisciplinary studies. Interaction with other departments and groups is common, both within Harvard University and at other research centers in the Boston area.