Molecular & Cellular Biology

Revealing the secrets of nature & educating next generation of science innovators

Research

Research

  • Each living cell senses and integrates external cues and makes corresponding responses. The cellular responses are mediated by a complex network of intertwined signalling pathways and molecular transport systems in the cell. Cell polarity is one type of cellular response, by which a cell exhibits sp...Read More
  • Differentiation, Development, and Evolution
    Creating complex plant or animal tissues demands that cells adopt different fates by differentiating from stem cells into distinct cell types. Proper differentiation is essential for normal development, and defects in differentiation are a hallmark of cancer. Moreover, over evolutionary time much of...Read More
  • Genetic Mechanisms
    How do genes work? That question links together the Genetic Mechanisms category, and MCB researchers address it from a number of different angles using a variety of techniques, including genetics. MCB labs conduct research in several related areas: First, genes and genomes must be properly replicate...Read More
  • Mechanisms of Disease
    Understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms of disease is one of the key goals of modern biomedical research. It is critical to dissecting the initiation, progression, and dissemination of human diseases, and is vital for the identification of appropriate therapeutic targets and the developm...Read More
  • Organelle biogenesis and function
    Eukaryotic cells are highly organized, with many functions isolated into separate compartments called organelles. Further, these organelles can have very complex structures and functions themselves. We study how particular organelles are created and placed within the cell. Moreover, defects in parti...Read More
  • Research in Science Education seeks to understand teaching and learning in the sciences with the goal of improving it. This can take the form of examining the scientific reasoning skills and content knowledge of students at any level (K-12, undergraduate, or graduate) as well as assessing teaching m...Read More
  • Systems and Computational Biology
    Understanding many cellular processes demands an integrative approach, considering systems of interacting biomolecules, rather than focusing on individual genes or proteins. For example, cell-cycle checkpoints are bistable, in that the cell either divides or it doesn't, with no intermediate outcome...Read More