Faculty in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology provide graduate education opportunities principally through the Biomedical Sciences and the Neurosciences Graduate Programs in the School of Medicine. These programs emphasize an interdisciplinary and inter-departmental approach for studying the molecular, cellular and genetic pathways of cell function and their relationship to human disease. Interested students can apply to one or more of these programs via their respective websites.
The Molecular Cell Biology Track of the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program
The department sponsors the Molecular Cell Biology Track in the Biomedical Sciences Program. Its purpose is to provide state-of-the art training in modern molecular cell biology. Areas of emphasis include cancer cell biology, cell cycle and mitosis, cell signaling, cellular and molecular basis of human disease, gene expression and regulation, genomics and genetics, glycobiology, membrane trafficking, molecular motors, neuroscience and RNA splicing. These topics are investigated in a wide variety of organisms from bacteria, yeast,and cultured mammalian cells to flies, worms, mice and humans often by generating disease models by knocking out or silencing specific genes. Students receive broad training in cell and molecular biology using classical as well as modern tools such as genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics to gain insights into cell functions.