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Cell and Molecular Biology

The Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) graduate program focuses on the mechanisms of biological phenomenon that operate at the cellular scale, from individual molecules to multi-cellular tissues.  The goal of the CMB graduate program is to train graduate students to ask and to answer fundamental, mechanistic questions at the forefront of the fields of cell and molecular biology.  Students select from a wide range of opportunities for research in cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, developmental biology, plant biology, and microbiology.  We teach our students to utilize a broad spectrum of experimental methodologies that integrate diverse disciplines and often involve collaboration; advanced microscopy and genetic analysis in wide ranging model organisms are crosscutting themes.  We strive to prepare our students to face the scientific challenges of the future and to become the next generation of leaders in research, medicine, education, and aligned disciplines.  Our students are highly competitive for top postdoctoral positions and go on to influential careers in academic, biomedical, or industrial research and in overlapping fields such as law, business, and public policy.

Preparing students to conduct research:  In the first year, our curriculum emphasizes rigorous    preparation in cell biology, molecular biology, and genetics.  Students choose from a wide range of courses in these areas that prepare them in key skills:  choosing important questions, defining appropriate experimental approaches, and interpreting quantifiable data.  Research interests of CMB faculty and topics covered in the curriculum include:

  • Regulation of cell division
  • Formation of organelles, such as the Golgi
  • Cytoskeleton function in organizing cellular processes
  • Consequences of intercellular interactions
  • Gene regulation in differentiation and development
  • Genome inheritance and expression
  • Dynamics of cell and tissue behavior
25 faculty 34 current students NIH and NRSA Supported
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