Donation Opportunities

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The Vision & Value of MCDB

Online Giving

Recent advances in the life sciences have set the stage for extraordinary new discoveries about the molecular basis of life and for the application of these discoveries to medicine, agriculture and wildlife conservation. 

Funding Priorities

To ensure that important basic research thrives at the UM, MCDB seeks support to create a Laboratory for Biological Imaging. In addition, gifts are needed to provide undergraduates with opportunities for hands-on research, and to encourage diversity in the biological sciences by helping qualified students receive the support they need to become successful scholars and researchers. These initiatives and more will ensure that MCDB remains a leader in the discipline contributing to the field at large.  Read more about these major giving opportunities. [pdf]

Laboratory for Biological Imaging

$2M endowed/$2.5M expendable to launch

The study of life at the molecular and cellular levels has been
revolutionized by recent developments in imaging technologies
that allow for unprecedented resolution at microscopic scale in
living organisms, which is essential to understand how genomes
create cells, how cells constitute organisms and how errant
cells cause disease. MCDB plans to build a core facility with
modern instrumentation to support research to visualize and
understand four-dimensional molecular and cellular functions
in living organisms. Funding for this initiative will enhance
significantly our technical capability for cutting-edge research in
neuroscience, cell and developmental biology, and genetics. The
Laboratory for Biological Imaging will provide currently unavailable
capabilities for imaging live organisms and will enhance the
research infrastructure of the University of Michigan.

To Launch:
New imaging equipment and upgrades to existing equipment:
$2.5M expendable

Additional Requirements for Laboratory:

  • Senior technical staff: $50,000 annually/ $1M endowed
  • Trainee support for graduate and undergraduate students:
    $50,000 annually/ $1M endowed

Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology Strategic Fund - 308217

Your donation supports the department's instructional and research needs.

Online Giving

Christine Psujek Memorial Undergraduate Award

Chris Psujek helped over 15,000 students during her time in biology with her knowledge, compassion, and patience – a truly incredible legacy. Undergraduates will remember her for her ability to answer just about any question that was thrown at her and graduate students will remember her from the fair and organized way she managed GSI assignments. The faculty relied on her extensively in their role as concentration advisors as well as all administrative aspects of their undergraduate teaching. In her memory, the Program in Biology has established the Christine Psujek Memorial Undergraduate Award. An award will be presented annually to the graduating senior who submits the best honors thesis in any of the biology concentrations. 

To direct this gift to this fund
By check-- add the name of the fund in the memo space.

Online: write in the name of the fund .


Contact Information

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5000 LSA
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Ann Arbor, Michigan 48190-1382
phone: 248.790.1358

The University of Michigan Office of Development
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1288
phone: 734.647.6000

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