• Department of Biological Chemistry & Molecular Pharmacology
  • TIRF microscope
    TIRF microscope for single-molecule imaging. Photo courtesy of Joe Loparo
  • RAG recombinase structure
    RAG recombinase structure determined using Cryo-EM by Wu (BCMP) and Liao (Cell Biology) laboratories

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Welcome to the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology (BCMP) at Harvard Medical School!

The Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology (BCMP) is a community of creative scholars, talented scientists and dedicated staff focused on advancing the research, teaching, and service missions of Harvard Medical School. The focus of research in BCMP lies in the elucidation of molecular mechanisms in biology and disease, emphasizing molecular, structural, and chemical approaches to understanding form and function in biology. 



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Alan Brown


Welcome to new BCMP faculty member Alan Brown! Alan comes to us from the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology (MRC-LMB). The long-term goal of the Brown laboratory is to understand transport mechanisms in the cell. Find out more about Alan's research here.

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James Chou, professor of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology, studies the proteins that allow molecules to pass through the membrane of a cell.​