MCB Departments and Programs

In the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB), our research portfolio spans the full range of modern biological science, from studies of detailed biomolecular structures, molecular mechanisms, and interactions of complex biological systems and ecological communities.


Our excellent Undergraduate Program covers life sciences at the molecular and cellular levels, provides training for biomedical careers, and prepares students for medical, dental, and graduate schools. Taught by faculty who are world-renowned researchers and educators, our programs also offer a broad array of curricular enhancements, including undergraduate research opportunities, honors programs, study abroad, and living–learning communities.


MCB graduate students work on critical problems at the forefront of contemporary science in our Ph.D. programs. The campus Medical Scholars Program, the third-largest in the nation, is robust and broad in scope.

While our four departments thrive in unique research emphases, there are more overlaps and similarities than differences among them. Our researchers and students value the ability to interact and collaborate by merely walking down the hall or across the street.

Department of Cellular and Developmental Biology Department of Biochemistry Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology Department of Microbiology