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.


jing yan ph d
July 9, 2019

Jing Yan obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois in materials science and engineering at Princeton University, in the Center for the Physics of Biological Function...

entangled cells of the lyme disease spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi.  image credit constantin takacs jacobs wagner lab
June 21, 2019

Even after antibiotic treatment, some Lyme disease patients continue to suffer from debilitating arthritis. A new Yale study may explain why. This study — led by the lab of...

craig crews phd
June 17, 2019

Craig M. Crews, recently appointed as the John C. Malone Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, is a renowned scientist who has made important...