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 Alex K Shalek

Alex K. Shalek

Pfizer-Laubach Career Development Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Core Member, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, MIT
Extramural Member, The Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, MIT
Associate Member, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard
Associate Member, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Assistant in Immunology, MGH
Instructor, Health Sciences and Technology, HMS

Research in the Shalek Lab is directed towards the creation and implementation of new technologies to understand how cells collectively perform systems-level functions in healthy and diseased states.