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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

Biochemistry Faculty

Nobunaka Matsuno, Ph.D. portrait

Program Chair

Nobunaka Matsuno, Ph.D.

Office: SWA 200A Degrees: Ph.D. University of Cincinnati; M.S. and B.S. Butler University Areas of Study Nobunaka Matsuno is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry. He teaches biochemistry (pre-health track), biological chemistry, and biophysical chemistry. He is formally trained in biophysical chemistry, specializing in ion transport through protein membrane channels. Dr. Matsuno also…


Biochemistry Program Downloads

Pre-Health Handbook

Version: 2019

Biochemistry Program Sheet

Version: 2019