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: Researchers investigate neuron differentiation in fruit fly brains
Researchers investigate neuron differentiation in fruit fly brains
The brains of all higher order animals are filled with a diverse array of neuron types, with specific shapes and functions. Yet, when these brains form during embryonic development, there is initially only a small pool of cell types to work with. So how do neurons diversify over the embryo’s...
Read article: New faculty members begin teaching and research at U of I
New faculty members begin teaching and research at U of I
The College of LAS is welcoming 38 new professors for the 2022-23 academic year, including cell and developmental biology professor Kevin Van Bortle. Their new positions range from clinical professors to assistant professors and an endowed position in more than 20 academic units, ranging from...
Read article: A different kind of cell signal: New method enables clear, precise imaging of human cells
A different kind of cell signal: New method enables clear, precise imaging of human cells
It’s why Jaws swam out of sight for more than an hour and hints at the glamour of giftwrap. In movie theaters, living rooms, and even labs, the thrill of the unseen can be counted on to keep us guessing. But when it comes to the hidden chemical world of cells, scientists need no longer wonder....
Read article: Researchers generate first comprehensive cellular map of frog cornea
Researchers generate first comprehensive cellular map of frog cornea
Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have generated the first comprehensive cellular map of the cornea in a frog species at early and adult developmental stages. Their findings could lead to the improvement of therapeutic treatments for diseases and dystrophies that effect...
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...
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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...