Biochemistry and Biophysics (BCBP) is an interdepartmental educational program, with curriculums leading to B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.
Biochemistry and biophysics are closely related fields. Biochemistry focuses on the interconversion of compounds in the many complex reactions of life, on the mechanisms whereby enzymes catalyze and regulate these reactions, and the function and structure of the molecular components of living organisms.
Biophysics is principally concerned with processes of energy conversion, information transmission, and the structure and properties of materials in biological systems, as explored with methods of physics.
Biochemical and biophysical research is advancing the frontiers of research in the basic life sciences and making possible advances in more applied fields such as medicine and agriculture. For example, in the pharmaceutical industry, elucidating mechanisms of drug action and devising new ways of dealing with diseases has increasingly depended on application of knowledge and techniques of biochemistry and biophysics.
Joyce J. Diwan, Director, Biochemistry & Biophysics Undergraduate Program
Chunyu Wang, Director, Biochemistry & Biophysics Graduate Program
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Megan Salt: Charting a Course for Cancer Research (May 2008)
Jeffrey Martin: Undergrad Has Sweet Success With Invention of Artificial Golgi (May 2008)
2008 Undergraduate Research Awards (May 2008)