About the Life Sciences at Brandeis
Brandeis is a leader in research in the life sciences.
A major study of higher education, 'The Rise of American
Research Universities' by Graham and Diamond, ranked Brandeis
first among the eleven rising research universities identified.
The majority of the life sciences research at Brandeis is
conducted in laboratories affiliated with the three interdepartmental
research centers on campus: the Volen
National Center for Complex Systems, which focuses primarily
on neuroscience; the Rosenstiel
Basic Biomedical Research Center, which focuses
on structural biology, molecular genetics, and immunology; and the National Center for Behavioral Genomics which focuses on behavioral genomics.
The centers also house the W.
M. Keck Institute for Cellular Visualization and The
Sloan-Swartz Center for Theoretical Neurobiology.
The strong culture of cross-disciplinary research at Brandeis
is illustrated by the fact that 70% of the total
sciences faculty are housed in one of these centers rather
than in a traditional departmental building and by the numerous
research collaborations, journal clubs, courses, and other
activities that span departmental boundaries.