Chemical Biology

Training in chemical biology at MIT enables graduate students to address problems that transcend the traditional boundaries of chemistry and biology. Chemical biologists interrogate processes that occur in human, plant, microbial cells, as well as in viruses and animals.

Two graduate students examine cells on a computer

Faculty Spotlight

Photo of Professor Catherine Drennan

Catherine L Drennan

Professor of Biology and Chemistry
Investigator and Professor, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

By combining X-ray crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy and other biophysical methods, the goal of the Drennan lab is to “visualize” molecular processes by obtaining snapshots of enzymes in action.