Research groups in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology share a common interest in exploring the mechanisms underlying the coordinated behaviors of molecules, cells and tissues to form living organisms. We combine genetic, biochemical, molecular, cell biological and quantitative approaches to investigate fundamental biological processes across a range of organisms, from viruses and microbes to plants, worms, flies, fish and mammals. We are committed to excellence in research and teaching, and offer students a diversity of course offerings and research opportunities. The commonalities of our research interests combined with varied experimental approaches help forge a rigorous yet interdisciplinary and collaborative environment.


Anna Pyle PhD and Alanna Schepartz PhD
December 19, 2018
A panel of judges and industry partners reviewed and assessed 31 presentations throughout the day and awarded prizes to Drs. Alanna Schepartz, Paul Turner and John Deacon in...
Denise posing next to flowers for her 30th anniversary
December 19, 2018
The Business Office staff gathered on December 19th to celebrate Denise’s 30 years of service with the University.  Denise began her career at Yale in 1998 in the department...
Vivian Irish at Peabody Museum in front of Main Hall dinosaurs
December 12, 2018
Lots of good cheer at the MCDB holiday party!  Best wishes to everyone for a happy and healthy 2019! Please click here to see photos of the event.