Our Mission

We research a wide range of biological problems and systems, with internationally recognized strengths that include:


  • Cellular Organization and Dynamics
  • Tissue Patterning and Morphogenesis 
  • Regulation of Genetic and Epigenetic Information
  • Biological Circuits and Signaling

The Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology  (MGCB) is an innovative interdisciplinary community of scientists committed to investigating molecular aspects of biological phenomena that operate on a cellular scale.  We invite you to explore our programs and get to know us better. 

The Dynamics of P Granule Liquid Droplets

Heng-Chi Lee, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology at the University of Chicago, along with his lab members, just published a new study in the June 2020 edition of Genetics that delves more into P granule formation.

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Molecular matchmakers: Proteins help neurons select the correct partner

In back-to-back studies published in the journal eLifeRobert Carrillo, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, describes two groups of proteins that play a key role in motor neuron connectivity in fruit flies.