The Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology - MGCB - operates within the Division of Biological Sciences. Its faculty investigate molecular aspects of biological phenomena that operate on a cellular scale. The Department currently represents research on a wide range of biological problems and systems - its internationally recognized strengths include:

- invertebrate and vertebrate development
- plant development and plant pathogen interactions
- molecular biology
- immunology
- microbiology
- cellular structure and function
- yeast genetics

The department administers the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate program in the Molecular Biosciences Graduate Training Program Cluster. The cluster combines five programs: Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB), Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB), Human Genetics (HG), Genetics, Genomics & Systems Biology (GGSB), and Development, Regeneration, and Stem Cell Biology (DRSB). MGCB also plays key roles in the undergraduate biology curricula at the University.



The Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology invites applications for a faculty position.
Please see http://tinyurl.com/y7gkwsog for more information and to apply.

Congratulations to CMB student DeQuantarius Speed of Jean Greenberg's lab who received 2017 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Fellowship.

Lucia B. Rothman-Denes, PhD, Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, has been elected by her peers to be a member of the National Academy of Sciences, May 2, 2014

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FALL 2017

All seminars are on Thursdays at 4pm to 5pm in CLSC 101
(*unless indicated).

Danelle Devenport, Princeton University, NJ
"HThink globally (inter)act locally: the emergence of tissue polarity in an expansive epithelium"

Post-Doc Talks: Ling Chan/ Klaus Nielsen

Sarah London, University of Chicago

CMB Student Talks


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