Areas of Research


MCDB faculty members specialize in the following areas of research


Bioinformatics -- applying computational methods to the collect, analyze and interpret biological data.

Cancer Biology -- developing molecular tools for the detection, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer.

Cell Biology -- studying the structure, organization and function of cells, the fundamental units of life.

Developmental Biology -- exploring how cells form tissues, organs and organisms.

DNA Replication & Repair -- studying how genomes are replicated and repaired.

Gene Expression -- understanding the complex mechanisms and regulation of gene transcription and protein translation.

Molecular Medicine -- studying the causes and treatment of human diseases at the molecular and cellular level.

Molecular Neurobiology -- understanding the molecular basis of nervous system function.

Plant Molecular Biology -- studying the molecular mechanisms of plant development and physiology.

RNA Biology -- studying the diverse roles of RNA in cellular function and gene expression.

Virology -- the study of the molecular mechanisms of viral infection, replication and disease.

Other Areas of Research -- research topics that lie outside the main focus areas listed above.