The Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology strives to develop new knowledge through basic research about the function of living organisms with focus on the molecular and cellular levels of all branches of life — bacteria, plants, and animals.
Our faculty research strengths are: Aging and Neurodegenerative Diseases; Behavior and Neural Circuits; Biological Clocks and Sleep; Cell Cycle and Cancer Biology; Channels, Receptors, and Synapses; Chromatin Biology, Epigenetics, and Gene Regulation; Computational Biology; Genome Integrity; Hormones Growth Factors and Cytokines; Microbial Pathogenesis and Biofilms; Metabolism and Metabolic Diseases; Plant Molecular Biology; Protein Folding and Folding Diseases; Signal Transduction and Cell-Cell Communication; Stem Cells and Pluripotency; Stress Responses; Trafficking and Organelle Biogenesis
We are home to the undergraduate major in Cell and Molecular Biology that graduates nearly 200 students per year.
Our Ask A Biologist section offers answers to questions about biology.
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- MCDB Lecturer Role Model for UM Softball's Katie Luetkens December 5, 2013
- Engaging Girls in STEM Fields with Help from MCDB November 7, 2013
- NIH Innovator award to Sara Aton for research on brain changes during sleep September 30, 2013
- Heritable epigenetics of complex traits in C. elegans
Speaker: Eric Greer, Harvard Medical School
- Biogenesis of a carbon-fixing bacterial organelle
Speaker: Jeffrey Cameron
- Modeling mitochrondrial stress signaling in Drosphila: A platform for therapeutic discovery
Speaker: Edward Owusu-Ansah. Harvard Medical School