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 important questions in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Molecular Genetics, Microbial Pathogenesis and Computational Biology. Read More...


Research Areas

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


CBMG welcomes new Research Professor William J. Snell, formerly of UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Honors College Thesis Award: Shane Falcinelli (Prof. Volker) and Eric Zhou (Prof. Lee) 

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Congratulations to Scott Walsh, winner of UMD Invention of the Year in Biological Sciences. Read more

Congratulations Todd Cooke. Selected to receive the Donna B. Hamilton Award for Teaching Excellence. Read more