Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB) faculty are broadly interested in how organisms, cells, molecules, and genomes function, develop, and evolve. The researchers share technical approaches such as recombinant DNA, genetics, biochemistry, and specialized imaging. They also share a common intellectual approach that emphasizes mechanistic and experimental strategies to investigate a diverse set of biological problems using a variety of model systems including prokaryotes, yeast, C. elegans, Drosophila, Arabidopsis, Xenopus, zebrafish, and mammals.
The Department's graduate training programs are recognized for their excellence. In the most recent U.S. National Research Council (NRC) analysis, our program ranked 3rd among all MCDB departments, and 17th among the more general category of Cell and Developmental Biology. The full report and the methodology report are available at the National Academies Press Website.
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MCDB, upon acceptance to the department, gives students the opportunity to have multiple, extended research experiences so that students eventually join a lab where they enjoy the research and working environment. MCDB is a diverse department, with many neurobiology, microbiology, biochemistry and cell biology labs.
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