Molecular and Cellular Biology

The MOCB concentration area offers highly mentored graduate training with faculty interested in a broad spectrum of research focused on understanding the molecular nature of biology.  Our faculty members have expertise in state-of-the-art technologies, have national and international reputations, and publish in high impact journals.  MOCB-CA students receive a Core Curriculum that emphasizes knowledge in the areas of molecular genetics, nucleic acid biochemistry, cell biology, and structural biology.  In addition, a number of interdisciplinary research clusters are available focusing on host-pathogen interactions, plant systems, developmental biology, virology, genomics, biophysics, and more. The overall goal of the MOCB-CA is to provide our students with rigorous and comprehensive research training that will lead to a successful career in the biosciences. 



Students that choose the Molecular and Cellular Biology Concentration Area pursue research that reaches across a multitude of fields, some of which are listed here:



The MOCB Concentration area administers 3 training grants funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Students can apply to be part of this training after their first year, however, in some cases, exceptional students are offered training grant positions upon entering the program.