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.
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Common questions from areas of biology explored by MCDB researchers
MCDB Professor Kuwada is featured on LSA Today
MCDB faculty, research staff and Ph.D. candidates document their findings in renowned academic journals such as Cell and PNAS.
- Zebrafish help decode link between calcium deficiency and colon cancer December 13, 2013
- MCDB joins E2Coach project December 12, 2013
- MCDB Lecturer Role Model for UM Softball's Katie Luetkens December 5, 2013
- Developmental timing and decision making in plants
Speaker: Cora MacAlister, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
- Making the right decision: Repairing DNA breaks during C. elgans meiosis
Speaker: Diana Libuda, Stanford University School of Medicine
- Spinal microcircuits in fish suggest an evolutionary template for limb control
Speaker: Martha Bagnall, Northwestern University