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Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB)

Recent News

Dus Lab: A high-sugar diet dulls rats sense of sweetness taste

Yes, a diet of high sugar does lower the ability of the taste system to sense sweetness-- the good news--it is reversible

Publication Spotlight: Jakob Lab, Cover of Molecular Cell

Jacob Lab: Ulrich et al. have cover image in Molecular Cell for their article on how Get3 changes roles from guide to guard under stress conditions

Explore MCDB

  • Basic research on the function of living organisms with focus on the molecular and cellular levels of all branches of life — bacteria, plants, and animals. Learn what our faculty focus on and the model organisms we study. 
  • Graduate programs with about 75 PhD students, and a growing master's program with about a dozen students.
  • Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology undergraduate major with nearly 200 graduates each year.


Our researchers answer common questions related to their work on sleep, probiotics, protein folding, and more!  Find links to a podcast on the neuroepigenetics!

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We strive to support our students and faculty on the front lines of learning and research and to steward our planet, our community, our campus. To do this, MCDB needs your support.

Contact Information

Undergraduates and Prospective Undergraduates:
Contact the Program in Biology
Graduate students:
Contact Mary Carr, Graduate Coordinator