The MCEB program focuses on how complex biological systems emerge from molecules, cells and genes – the fundamental units of life.
The intended learning outcome for the Molecular, Cellular, and Evolutionary Biology graduate program is to graduate PhD students at the forefront of research and prepare them for careers in research, industry, and education. Training will include oral and written communication skills, critical data evaluation, and hands-on experience with a variety of state-of-the-art research methods.
Research Interest Areas
Behavior & Neurobiology
How animals use their nervous systems to shape behavior
Biochemistry & Structural Biology
How the molecular machinery of life assembles and works
How the basic units of life construct themselves and function
How species that interact closely shape each other
How complex organisms arise from single cells
Evolution & Biodiversity
How species diverge from their ancestors and each other
Genetics & Genomics
How genes and environments interact to shape phenotypes
How single-celled organisms rule the world
How plants diversify and make the fuels used by other living things