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Chair's Welcome

Jon Dinman, Professor and Chair, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular GeneticsWelcome to the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics. We are enthusiastically dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in research, teaching and service. We seek to answer “Big Simple Questions” with the goal of creating new knowledge pertaining to what I like to call “the biology of things that are too small to see with the naked eye”. We employ a wide variety of model systems to address fundamental and import questions in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Molecular Genetics, Microbial Pathogenesis and Computational Biology. We are particularly interested in the regulation of gene expression, and in the diverse molecular strategies used by eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells in their interactions among one another and with the environment. In line with the strong investments made by the State and the University of Maryland toward developing a strong biotechnology based economy, we actively seek ways to synergize our research with the development of applications of economical and health importance.

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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, formerly of UCSF, joined CBMG 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, formerly of Boston University, joined CBMG 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.