IntroductionThe program is designed to nurture independent, creative scientists. Applicants for graduate training should have sound preliminary training in a physical or quantitative science; especially chemistry, physics, 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.
Initiated in 1959 by Arthur K. Solomon, the Committee on Higher Degrees in Biophysics at Harvard University has a long history of important research achievements. Over 60 faculty members from departments including Physics, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Engineering Sciences, the Division of Applied Sciences, the Division of Medical Sciences (Genetics, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Systems Biology, and the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology), the teaching Hospitals (Childrenšs Hospital, Beth Israel Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital), and the Dana-Farber Cancer institute participate in the training of students in the Biophysics Program. Faculty affiliated with the Harvard-MIT program in Health Science and Technology (HST) can also serve as research advisors.
Owing to the interdepartmental nature of the program, a student's research options are increased greatly. Research programs may be pursued in any of the departments or hospitals mentioned.
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