Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics

The MS and PhD programs in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics seek to provide training in the genetic and molecular basis of disease states. Areas of research within this program include cancer biology, drug discovery, liquid crystals, wound healing, lipid biophysics, cell physiology, cell signaling, and bioinformatics. Students in this program will develop a strong foundation in molecular and cellular biology that can be applied to a research career in academic, government, and industry settings. Students specifically interested in Cell Biology should refer to the Cell Biology Graduate Faculty page and Departmental research pages for more information.

Within this program we offer three research tracks, which are built around our research expertise:

Common Coursework:

  • 5/70143 Eukaryotic Cell Biology + 5/70144 Selected Readings in Eukaryotic Cell Biology
  • 6/70184 Responsible Conduct in Research and Teaching
  • 6/70491 Seminar in Physiology
  • A graduate level biostatistics class
  • A graduate level biochemistry class


  • Cancer Biology
    • 5/70150 Molecular Mechanisms of Disease: Cancer
    • 5/70174 Immunology
  • Molecular/Cellular
    • 5/70158 Molecular Biology
  • Genetics/Genomics
    • Bioinformatics

Possible Electives:

  • 5/70148 Molecular Biology
  • 5/70148 Principles of Infectious Disease
  • 5/70174 Immunology
  • 5/70341 Stem Cell Biology: Principles and Applications
  • Bioinformatics