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Celia Schiffer, ChairThe fields of Biochemistry and Molecular Biotechnology are rapidly expanding, driven by new technology and integrated multidisciplinary approaches that transform how we think about complex biological problems—generating enormous quantities of high-quality data that require experimental and computational methods to reveal fundamental mechanistic insights and develop new therapeutic paradigms. 

Our Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biotechnology at UMass Chan Medical School fosters an inclusive, collaborative environment where pioneering research illuminates the molecular mechanisms that govern basic biological processes, with an emphasis on integrative strategies at the interface with chemistry, math, engineering and physics.

I encourage you to check out the outstanding research of our faculty who are leveraging cutting-edge structural, chemical, and genomic technologies to define new mechanisms in a broad variety of disciplines, including epigenetics, cell and developmental biology, neurobiology, cancer, and infectious disease, with many of us translating our discoveries to medicine.

You will find that we achieve our innovative science by enabling and empowering the next generation of biomedical researchers; and firmly believe that with a diverse and inclusive scientific culture our science thrives permitting novel discoveries to be realized. 

I welcome you to join our community as a student, postdoc, educator, collaborator, colleague or benefactor during this transformative time.  Together we are more than the sum of our parts and will have a lasting impact. 

Celia Schiffer, PhD,
Professor and Chair
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biotechnology

Our mission is to advance our scientific knowledge and translate it to new therapeutic strategies 


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