The members of the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB) are broadly interested in how organisms, cells, molecules, and genomes develop and function. The faculty share technical approaches such as recombinant DNA, genetics, biochemistry, and specialized imaging. They also share a common intellectual approach that emphasizes mechanistic and experimental strategies to investigate a diverse set of biological problems using a variety of model systems including prokaryotes, yeast, Aplysia, Chlamydomonas, C. elegans, Drosophila, Arabidopsis, axolotl, zebrafish, and mammals.
The MCDB Department’s graduate training program is recognized for its excellence. In the most recent U.S. National Research Council (NRC) analysis, our program ranked among the top of Ph.D. programs in Cell and Developmental Biology. The full report is available at the National Academies Press Website.