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We seek answers to fundamental questions about how organisms work and the many implications for life. Through a rich culture of collaboration, we drive new discoveries in human health and empower students with the critical and analytical skills needed for successful careers.

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Read article: Lethal damage to the ribosome, arguably the most important machinery in living organisms, can be repaired
Lethal damage to the ribosome, arguably the most important machinery in living organisms, can be repaired
New research from University of Illinois biochemistry professor Raven Huang reveals that lethal ribosomal damage in bacteria can be reversed by a pair of bacterial enzymes named PrfH and RtcB. The finding raises...
Read article: Researchers illuminate the important roles played by extracellular vesicles in early pregnancy
Researchers illuminate the important roles played by extracellular vesicles in early pregnancy
During the early stages of pregnancy, the uterus undergoes a remarkable transformation to create a tissue environment that facilitates embryo implantation. This intricate process, like a dance choreographed by hormones produced by the ovaries, must be in sync with the embryo’s development to be...

Read article: Researchers funded to develop ultrasound imaging tools to study Alzheimer's disease
Researchers funded to develop ultrasound imaging tools to study Alzheimer's disease
Understanding the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and the brain’s vascular system — its complex network of vessels and veins — is a longstanding challenge for scientists. “The issue is that there are currently no tools, specifically imaging tools and small animal models, to help study...
Read article: SHIELD program a model for effective pandemic management, data show
SHIELD program a model for effective pandemic management, data show
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — In the fall of 2020, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign welcomed students back for in-person instruction amid the powerful first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The university successfully maintained operations throughout the semester – with zero COVID-19-related deaths or...
Read article: School of MCB ranked in "Degrees of the Future 2022" list
School of MCB ranked in "Degrees of the Future 2022" list
The School of Molecular & Cellular Biology has been recognized nationally for its degrees built for the future.  Gizmodo released its list of top-ranked "Degrees of the Future 2022" in August. The news outlet partnered with the independent market research...
Read article: Govindjee receives Lifetime Achievement Award for photosynthesis research
Govindjee receives Lifetime Achievement Award for photosynthesis research
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign plant biology professor emeritus Govindjee is a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society of Photosynthesis Research, an honor he shares with Eva-Mari Aro, a professor emeritus of molecular plant biology at the University of...
Read article: Prasanth lab uncovers new insights into the role of Orc6 in the maintenance of genome integrity
Prasanth lab uncovers new insights into the role of Orc6 in the maintenance of genome integrity
Initiation of DNA duplication requires a six-subunit complex, the Origin Recognition Complex (ORC) that binds to the origins of DNA replication. The individual components of ORC also have many roles in other parts of the cell cycle, including heterochromatin organization and cytokinesis. New...
Read article: School of MCB hiring faculty
School of MCB hiring faculty
The School of Molecular & Cellular Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is hiring faculty in several of our departments. Please click on the links below to learn more about the open positions. The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer...
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Innovative education

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Our mission is to empower students. In MCB you will receive a rigorous education and you can tailor a curriculum according to your passions. Our alumni have become physicians, researchers at top-tier institutions, and business leaders. They've launched biotechnology start-ups and founded free healthcare clinics. They are changing the world. You can, too.

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A community of collaborators

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Impactful research

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We are at the forefront of life-changing biomedical research. Combatting infectious diseases like the novel coronavirus and influenza. Uncovering insights into neurological and metabolic disorders. Developing new treatments for diseases such as breast cancer. New and exciting research programs are being developed in neuroscience, immunology, microbial sciences, developmental biology, mechanobiology, and much more. Faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates are all part of the MCB research community.

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Commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion

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Diversity within the School of Molecular & Cellular Biology drives the innovation that keeps our research at the forefront of scientific discovery. However, we recognize that societal, academic, and structural barriers have often kept talented individuals out of our community. We are committed to eliminating these barriers and supporting students and scientists of all backgrounds.

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