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.


The RNA synthesizer used to prepare short, fluorescently labeled RNA substrates for the study. (Photo credit: Olga Fedorova)
October 24, 2018
Yale researchers have developed a way to target RNA with small-molecule drugs, creating a new method for tapping into a vast number of biological mechanisms critical to...
Craig Crews, Ph.D
October 23, 2018
Twenty years ago Craig Crews, PhD, and his colleagues, launched a research project that has generated two biotech companies, hundreds of millions of dollars in investments...
MCDB Retreat Attendees - group photo
October 4, 2018
The 2018 MCDB retreat at Woods Hole was a great success, with fascinating science talks, professional poster presentations, entertainment provided by our second year students...