The Biophysics Program at Harvard University is designed to nurture independent, creative scientists.
Initiated in 1959 by Dr. Arthur K. Solomon, the Committee on Higher Degrees in Biophysics has a long history of important research achievements. Over 80 faculty members from departments including Physics, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Division of Medical Sciences ( Genetics, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Neurobiology, and Systems Biology), the Dana-Farber Cancer Research Institute, the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, and the Harvard teaching and research hospitals (Children's Hospital, Beth Israel Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital) participate in the training of students in the Biophysics Program. Faculty affiliated with the Harvard-MIT joint program in Health Science and Technology (HST) are also able to serve as research advisors.
Applicants for graduate training should have sound preliminary training in a physical or quantitative science; especially physics, chemistry, computer science, or mathematics. The primary objective of the program is to educate and train individuals with this background to apply the concepts and methods of the physical sciences to the solution of biological problems. Owing to the interdepartmental nature of the program, a student's research options are greatly increased. Research programs may be pursued in any of the departments or hospitals indicated.