Research Opportunities

There are many opportunities for students to carry out research in the laboratory of a faculty member. A broad spectrum of state-of-the-art research activities is performed at Yale in the MCDB department and in related departments, including those in the Yale Medical School. This research is carried out in the fields of molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, neurobiology, physiology, computational biology, plant sciences, and evolution, among many others. All interested students are encouraged to participate in research. Students may work in laboratories for academic credit and/or experience. Financial support may be available in some cases, but students being paid will not receive course credit.

The choice of a research laboratory should be made in consultation with faculty members and the director of undergraduate studies. Opportunities can be found on the following web sites:,, and as well as listed on the bulletin board outside of the Office of the Director of Graduate Studies (KBT 1220). Detailed descriptions of previous research programs in MCDB can also be found on under the 2017-2018 Undergraduate Research Projects section of this booklet.