Chemical Biology at UMASS

The Program in Chemical Biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School is a core group of laboratories that develop, synthesize and utilize small molecules and chemical probes to answer fundamental questions in biology. The program has an excellent infrastructure and resources needed for synthetic chemistry with over 40 chemical hoods, 400 and 600 MHz NMR spectrometers, and in-house facilities for mass spectrometry (small molecule and proteomics), imaging (fluorescence and electron microscopy), and high-throughput screening. The Program in Chemical Biology is an interdisciplinary program that includes faculty from Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Radiology, Gene Function and Expression, Cell Biology, Orthopedics, Center for AIDS Research and Neuroscience.


Admission to the Program in Chemical Biology is through the umbrella program of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Once accepted, students with chemical backgrounds and inclinations are encouraged to rotate in a variety of laboratories to find an area of biology that interests them. The Program offers a Chemical Biology course that ranges from the basics of nucleophiles and electrophiles in biology to the state-of-the-art approaches used by chemists to dissect biological and cellular processes at the molecular level.

Follow the links for more information on the Program Faculty, Publications, Facilities, Coursework and admission to the GSBS umbrella program.