Please contact your MCDB faculty advisors by email to set up a zoom appointment if needed.  If you do not have a MCDB faculty advisor - please contact to have one assigned.

If you are a new major and need advice on course sequencing, we have Peer Mentors available from each residential college.  


First-years considering a major in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology are invited to consult with the director of undergraduate studies and/or a faculty member in MCDB who is a fellow of their residential college.

College faculty advisors available to first-years are listed below:

Berkeley (BK) J. Wolenski Morse (MC)

H. Keshishian
K. Nelson

Branford (BR)

Ronald Breaker
Stavroula Hatzios
Josein van Wolfswinkel

Pierson (PC)

John Carlson
Nadya Dimitrova
Valerie Horsley

Grace Hopper (GH)

Mark Mooseker
Damon Clark

Saybrook (SY)  
Davenport (DC)

Vivian Irish
Weimin Zhong
Paul Forscher

Silliman (SM)

Stephen Dellaporta

Timothy Dwight (TD) Scott Holley Ezra Stiles (ES)  
Jonathan Edwards (JE)

Ronald Breaker
Thierry Emonet
Farren Isaacs

Trumbull (TC) Yannick Jacob
Pauli Murray (MY)

Craig Crews
Shirin Bahmanyar
Joshua Gendron

Benjamin Franklin (BF) Douglas Kankel


Any member of the MCDB department can serve as a faculty advisor to majors. For assistance in identifying a suitable advisor, students should contact the departmental Undergraduate Registrar.  Students in the neurobiology, biotechnology, or quantitative biology track should have an advisor from their specific track. The course schedules of all MCDB majors (including sophomores intending to major in MCDB) must be signed by a faculty member in the department. The signature of the director of undergraduate studies is required only for students who are fulfilling the requirements of two majors or who have been admitted to the simultaneous B.S./M.S. degree program. Students whose regular advisor is on leave can consult the office of the director of undergraduate studies to arrange for an alternate.