The Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology advances our knowledge of life on earth at the cellular and molecular levels.  Our mission is to educate the next generation of scholars, professionals, and citizens of the world by fully integrating our students into cutting-edge research activities, including hands-on participation in the process of scientific discovery. Our faculty conducts research with a variety of models including Arabidopsis, Drosophila, zebrafish, mouse and stem cells to address the most pressing problems in biology, health and sustainability.


HHMI Inclusive Excellence Grant directed by Professor Tracy Johnson selected for funding. UCLA was one of 24 institutions (out of over 500 that applied) to receive this $1 million award!  The proposal is a multi-tiered approach to enhancing opportunities for all of our students, with a particular focus on transfer students. The work builds on best practices we’ve established at UCLA and allows us to explore some creative new strategies to develop the talents of our students!  


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