About Us

The mission of the Molecular and Cellular Biology Department is to investigate the networked behavior of the molecules and cells that comprise life and to train the next generation of biology innovators. Our research builds fundamental insight and translates into treating diseases such as cancer, neurodegeneration, and aging. As the largest graduating life science major in the College of Science, we have a strong institutional commitment to delivering high-quality high-value education to our vibrant and engaged student community.

Our faculty investigate a wide range of basic questions concerning cells and genes and their impact on evolution, aging, and disease. We are also researching novel approaches in science education. We invite you to explore our Research Section for more information about specific research topics and our People Section for more information about individual faculty.

MCB awards approximately 150 Bachelor's degrees each year.  We also direct the TRiO ASEMS program, which supports undergraduate STEM and health science majors who are first generation students, students with disabilities, and/or economically disadvantaged students; the Undergraduate Biology Research Program (UBRP), which funds undergraduate research and scientific career development throughout the University; and the BIOTECH Project for high school outreach. Our NIH Training Grant, one of only 50 programs in the country, includes over 50 faculty trainers across the University of Arizona.