Prospective Students

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.

The MCDB Department's intellectual orientation can be broken down into six broad areas:

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Developmental
  • Microbiology
  • Neurobiology & Endocrinology
  • Plant Molecular Biology

The department offers:

Read why one student chose MCDB (Rackham blog post)

Ph.D. Admissions into MCDB