The department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology conducts a broad range of research in molecular mechanisms underlying cell biology and organismal development. We are a community of faculty, postdoctoral scholars, students and staff committed to advancing our research and enhancing education.

MGCB 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
  • microbiology
  • cellular structure and function 

Current faculty work on fundamental problems in biology using a wide range of model systems including viruses, bacteria, protozoa, fungi, plants, nematode worms, fruit flies, fish and mice. 

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Biological Sciences Division