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The mission of the Biochemistry program, in conjunction with the liberal arts environment at Washington & Jefferson College, is to develop students into both broadly and specifically educated individuals prepared to perform competitively in a scientific community that is increasingly seeking well-rounded professionals. Drawing upon the strengths of the contributing departments (primarily Biology and Chemistry), the Biochemistry program will provide a selection of courses, an advising structure, research opportunities, instrumentation, and committed faculty to support a rigorous interdisciplinary major in biochemistry.

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Beyond the Classroom

Students have a wide array of opportunities for research, internships, conferences, and networking beyond the classroom that give them an advantage to prepare for life after W&J.

Research and Internships

  • On-campus Independent Study (fall or spring)
  • Summer research internships on-campus and at institutions including: the National Institutes of Health (NIH); University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; Princeton University; Cleveland Clinic; University of Wisconsin-Madison; University of California Los Angeles; University of Cologne (Germany); Max F. Perutz Laboratories (Austria); Radboud University (The Netherlands); and the University of Cambridge (England)


W&J Biochemistry alumni have pursued a wide range of careers in the biomedical sciences and medicine, including:

  • Research scientist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Medical doctor
  • Veterinarian
  • Hospital administrator
  • Pharmaceutical sales representative
  • College/university professor

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Biochemistry Faculty

Nobunaka Matsuno, Ph.D. portrait

Biochemistry Program Chair

Nobunaka Matsuno, Ph.D.

Nobunaka Matsuno, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and is the director of Biochemistry at Washington & Jefferson College.

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Mark Harris, Ph.D. portrait

Mark F. Harris, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry and Chair of Pre-Health Program

Pre-Health Professions, Biochemistry, Chemistry

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Nobunaka Matsuno, Ph.D. portrait

Nobunaka Matsuno, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Director of Biochemistry

Biochemistry, Chemistry, Neuroscience

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Biochemistry Program Downloads

Biochemistry Program Sheet

Version: 2019

Pre-Health Handbook

Version: 2020-2021