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Biochemistry arose from the fields of biology and chemistry to investigate biological molecules and understand how their interactions result in living systems. In today's society, understanding in this discipline is essential for informed, critical thinking about many of the significant issues in science, health and public policy.

Biochemistry Major 60th Anniversary Celebration

Monday, November 27

Lunchbag Roundtable Discussion With Alumnae

Ford 240

  • Lauren Metskas '08 (Ph.D. Yale–Postdoctoral Fellow MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge UK)
  • Beverly Mitchell '65 (M.D. Harvard–Director Stanford Cancer Center, Smith Medalist '06)
  • Megan Nuñez '96 (Ph.D. Cal Tech, Professor–Wesley College)
  • Erin O'Shea '88 (President, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Smith Honorary Degree Receipient '17)

Keynote Address: Erin O'Shea '88

"Timekeeping with a Three-Protein Circadian Clock"

4:30 p.m., Ford 240

Tuesday, November 28

Sigma Xi Luncheon Talk: Lauren Metskas '08

"Cryo-Electron Microscopy of Viruses"

McConnell Hall 103

The celebration is co-sponsored by Smith College Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Smith College Chapter of Sigma Xi, Office of the President of Smith College and Office of Alumnae Relations

News & Events

The Biochemistry program has been awarded full acreditation by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)!

We are now one of only ~60 colleges and universities in the country to be accredited by the ASBMB, and the only Biochemistry Program in the Five Colleges to have this distinction. Please read the remarkably laudatory letter from the ASBMB awarding the acreditation to our Program.


Life Sciences Colloquia/Chemistry Seminars

Scientists from around the country present their current research.

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Chemistry seminar schedule

Life Sciences/Chemistry and Biochemistry Lunchbags

Smith students present their independent research projects.

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