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: 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...
Read article: College of LAS announces named scholars
College of LAS announces named scholars
Several professors, including two from the School of MCB's Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, have recently received named scholar positions for their contributions to research, education, and the academic mission of the College of LAS.  The named positions include an Aaron and Laurel...
Read article: Meet MCB: Undergraduate student awarded Boren Scholarship
Meet MCB: Undergraduate student awarded Boren Scholarship
Three students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have been awarded David L. Boren Scholarships, including MCB major Brendan Rattin. The National Security Education Program selects students to add international and language components to their education by studying overseas in world...
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: Researchers determine Pol III “identity” as important regulatory mechanism and likely disease factor in cancer
Researchers determine Pol III “identity” as important regulatory mechanism and likely disease factor in cancer
Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Stanford University School of Medicine have identified a link between RNA polymerase III subunit composition and transcription, an advancement that has potential implications for future cancer research. A switch in one individual...
Read article: 'New player in town:’ Researchers uncover new organelle and its role in epithelial homeostasis
'New player in town:’ Researchers uncover new organelle and its role in epithelial homeostasis
Epithelial cells, which cover our body and line our organs, have several functions which make them critical for certain bodily processes. To carry out their various physiological functions, these cells rely on apical junctions, specialized cell-cell junctions which exert a force that will carry out...
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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...