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.



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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All seminars are at 4:00 PM in CLSC 101
(*unless indicated).

September 29, 2015
Cytoskeletal dynamics in T lymphocytes: form and function
John Hammer, Molecular Cell Biology Section, NIH

October 8, 2015
Regulation of Regeneration in Drosophila imaginal discs
Rachel Smith-Bolton, University of Illinois, Urbana

October 22, 2015
Pattern formation and regeneration in a single cell
Wallace Marshall, University of California, San Francisco

November 19, 2015
Operating Systems, Apps, and Novel Chromatin Structures for the Regulation of our Genes
James Kadonaga, University of California, San Diego

December 3, 2015
Systematic Cell Biology – Moving beyond text books
Hewson Swift Lecture, Maya Schuldiner, Weizmann Institute of Science


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