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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a vigorous interdisciplinary training program in biophysics (Molecular & Cellular Biophysics Program, MCBP) that we hope you will explore if you are interested in mechanistic and structural biology. The MCBP is distinguished by the size of its excellent and active faculty, by the rigor and diversity of its course work, and by its remarkably close and supportive community. We provide a rigorous educational and training experience that prepares our Trainees for top careers in modern quantitative and physical biology. I invite you on behalf of our students and faculty to browse our website to learn more about us.


MCBP Entering Class of 2020
MCBP entering class 2020. Students are Mikayla, Shunsen, Derek, Uriel, Nick, Mark, Max, Darex, and Amy

Featured News

Rebecca Berlow

Welcome Rebecca Berlow to UNC

Rebecca Berlow will be joining the MCBP training program as a faculty member beginning in January 2022. Rebecca has been appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. View the BCBP news post for details. Welcome, … Continued

Brian Kuhlman

Brian Kuhlman receives mentorship award

Brian Kuhlman, co-director of the Molecular and Cellular Biophysics training program, received the Award for Excellence in Basic Science Mentoring. This is awarded to select faculty members affiliated with the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program (BBSP) who demonstrate excellence in … Continued

Shannon Speer

Shannon Speer earns her PhD!

Shannon Speer defended her dissertation under the guidance of Dr. Gary Pielak on November 10th, 2020 and received her PhD. The title of her dissertation is “Protein Complex Stability in Living Cells.” Shannon received her B.S. in chemistry from Rhodes … Continued


Justin Rectenwald earns his PhD

Justin Rectenwald earned his PhD after the successful defense of his dissertation titled “TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT FOR INHIBITOR DISCOVERY OF CHROMATIN ASSOCIATED PROTEINS LINKED TO LYSINE METHYLATION.” Read about it in the Biochemistry and Biophysics department news post! UNC BCBP news article … Continued