In the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology

We study how cells grow and divide, assemble, and function to form multicellular organisms. Using multidisciplinary approaches, we investigate fundamental biological questions and are dedicated to training and educating students in modern molecular and cellular biology, cancer biology, developmental biology, and neuro-cognitive sciences.

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Read article: With, not on: Reimagining autism in research
With, not on: Reimagining autism in research
In the past six months, Laura Hetrick has spoken to more researchers than she has in her last 14 years at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. “The last thing an autistic person wants to hear is, ‘You need to talk...
Read article: Five Minutes With: Medical writer Christina Rosenberger (PhD, '16, cell and developmental biology)
Five Minutes With: Medical writer Christina Rosenberger (PhD, '16, cell and developmental biology)
In this new series of interviews with members of the School of Molecular & Cellular Biology community, we chat with Christina Rosenberger (PhD, 2016, cell and developmental biology), a medical writer and clinical research specialist with the National Cancer Institute's...
Read article: 2024 Toogun Award winner recognized for exceptional research
2024 Toogun Award winner recognized for exceptional research
Established in 2015, the Oyetunji A. Toogun Memorial Award for Excellence in Research is an annual award named in honor of Tunji Toogun, a PhD student in the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology who passed away in 2007. The annual award recognizes CDB graduate students for their...
Read article: Congratulating the 2024 student award winners
Congratulating the 2024 student award winners
The School of Molecular & Cellular Biology honored dozens of undergraduate and graduate students at its annual award ceremony, held on May 2. These student awards, fellowships, and scholarships recognize academic achievement, research accomplishments, and excellence in teaching and are made...
Read article: Unveiling the Role of SNUL RNAs in Ribosomal RNA Expression Regulation
Unveiling the Role of SNUL RNAs in Ribosomal RNA Expression Regulation
A new study by University of Illinois scientist Dr. Kannanganattu V. Prasanth and his team of researchers at Illinois and across multiple institutions has shed light on a novel family of noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs), and their significant...
Read article: Meet Haiting Ma, new professor in cell and developmental biology
Meet Haiting Ma, new professor in cell and developmental biology
The School of Molecular & Cellular Biology and Department of Cell & Developmental Biology are pleased to welcome Haiting Ma as an assistant professor...
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Become a skilled, creative biologist

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PhD in Cell & Developmental Biology

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Our program is designed to set the foundation for a future scholar or industry leader to uncover new knowledge in the field, critically analyze scientific data in molecular life sciences, communicate the significance of biological phenomena, and lead research and development efforts to enhance human health.

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Read article: Meet MCB: Professor Brian Freeman brings molecular chaperone expertise to Illinois
Meet MCB: Professor Brian Freeman brings molecular chaperone expertise to Illinois
Urbana, Ill. – Cancer Center at Illinois scientist and professor of cell and developmental biology, Brian Freeman, has focused his research on the study of molecular chaperones (MCs) since the beginning of his career as a graduate student when chaperones were thought to have no medicinal purpose....
Read article: Meet MCB: Temirlan Shilikbay, cell & developmental biology PhD student
Meet MCB: Temirlan Shilikbay, cell & developmental biology PhD student
The School of MCB is proud to highlight our graduate students, including Temirlan Shilikbay, now in his third year at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He is a PhD candidate in professor Stephanie Ceman's...
Read article: Meet MCB: Yejing Ge, PhD, CDB, '12, professor at MD Anderson Cancer Center
Meet MCB: Yejing Ge, PhD, CDB, '12, professor at MD Anderson Cancer Center
Meet Yejing Ge, PhD ’12, now a professor at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas Tell us about your current position and what research questions are you and your students...