Prospective Students

Welcome to the Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology!

  • Join our dynamic faculty and students as we investigate the molecules and cells that comprise life. Our work advances knowledge and translates research into treating diseases such as cancer, neurodegeneration, and aging.
  • We are home to a diverse group of students, providing the knowledge, support, and confidence they need to succeed.
  • What can you do with an MCB degree? Our graduates are successful doctors, researchers, educators, health professionals, entrepreneurs, genetic counselors, attorneys, science writers, policy advocates, and more. Read about some of our alumni and the varied and interesting careers they have!
  • Get off to a great start with our colloquia, small group classes with expert professors designed to support you as you begin your MCB studies.

Student Profiles

My Duyen Tran wins the May 2022 Outstanding Senior Award and the Danny Brower Memorial Scholarship

My Duyen Tran has been awarded the May 2022 Outstanding Senior Award for the department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. She is also one of the recipients of the Danny Brower Memorial Scholarship. My Duyen started in Dr. Daniela Zarnescu’s lab, which she calls the “fly lab,” as part of the Undergraduate Biology Research Program (UBRP) program after her freshman year. She continued working in the lab throughout her undergraduate career.

Hannah Quick wins May 2022 Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award for MCB

Hannah Quick GraduationCongratulations to Hannah Quick, who has won the May 2022 Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award for the department of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB). “I feel really honored. I think being able to represent the research interests of the department is a wonderful honor, and it's really gratifying to know that my work has been recognized,” Hannah says about winning the award.  

MCB 2021 Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award Winner - Ryan Hecksel

I met over zoom with the Molecular and Cellular Biology 2021 Excellence in Research Award winner Ryan Hecksel, recently to find out more about his undergraduate experience and his research.

Next Steps


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