Developmental, Molecular & Chemical Biology


Image: Torsten Wittmann, UCSF; NIH Image Gallery, CC 4.0


The Department of Developmental, Molecular & Chemical Biology was formed on July 1, 2013, to integrate the traditional studies of developmental and molecular biology with the innovation of chemical biology to facilitate fundamental understanding of disease processes as well as the development of novel therapeutics. One area of focus is signal transduction mechanisms in development and disease, especially in cancer. Structural biology and structure-based drug development is a second area of strength.

Research Cores and Groups

Our department supports the Tufts NMR Center and the Structural and Chemical Biology Research Group.


The faculty of our department participate actively in PhD education based in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Members of our faculty participate in the following PhD Programs listed below and in the MS in Pharmacology and Drug Development.