Chair's welcome


Welcome 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. 

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Research Areas

The Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics (CBMG) offers  the following areas of research:



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.


Daniel J. Dwyer, formerly of Boston University, joined CBMG in July 2014 as Assistant Professor.