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Chair's Welcome

Jon Dinman, Professor and Chair, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular GeneticsWelcome to the Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics Department website. We are a dynamic group of faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral investigators and staff who are enthusiastically dedicated to the research and teaching missions of the department. As scientists, we advance the frontiers of knowledge by answering important questions in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Plant Molecular Genetics, Microbiology, and Microbial Pathogenesis.

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Research Areas

The Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics (CBMG) offers a highly interactive research environment and outstanding research facilities, including the new Bioscience Research Building. Laboratories in CBMG and affiliated departments and institutes at the University of Maryland are active in the following areas of research:
Each area offers unique opportunities to undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral investigators to perform original research and pursue rigorous training in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics.



  • Sougata Roy, currently at UCSF, will join in August 2014 as Assistant Professor.
  • Anne Simon, Full Professor, was elected in 2014 to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology, a honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology.
  • Dan Dwyer, currently at Boston University, will join in July 2014 as Assistant Professor.
  • Kan Cao, Assistant Professor, won the 2013 CMNS Board of Visitors Award.
  • Edgar Moctezuma, Instructor, won the 2013 Multi-ethnic Student Education Excellence in Service Award.
  • Patricia Shields, Instructor, won the 2013 Outstanding Lecturer CMNS Award.