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:


In a new paper published in Scientific Reports, Dr. Kan Cao shows that Methylene blue, a common antioxidant, could reverse signs of aging in human skin.  See the video on:   

Congratulations to Dr. Vincent Lee and Ana Seminara, recipients of the ILS Outstanding Mentor and Outstanding Student Research Awards.

Congratulations to Drs. Caren Chang and Charles Delwiche on their contribution to a new paper published in Cell that details a decisive step linking plant origins with Earth’s history. Detail


BioScienece Building's Art Exhibit Showcases Micrographs. Details


Congratulations to Dr. Patricia Shields who is promoted to Principal Lecturer.