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.


Andrew Goldstein receives 2019 Young Investigator Award from the Society for Basic Urologic Research at the Society’s annual meeting in New Orleans. Dr. Goldstein attended the conference with three of his students, PhD students Preston Crowell and Jenna Giafaglione, and undergraduate MCDB major Johnny Diaz.

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