What your donation can support

Our faculty and students are involved in many aspects of cutting-edge research, from stem cells and cancer research to computational interpretation of genomic data and the developmental biology of the heart. Our research goal is to address the most conceptually important issues related to gene regulation and morphogenesis, bring the most innovative approaches to these investigations, and translate the discoveries to address the most pressing of human problems: disease and hunger.

Donations to the department are vital to ensure a strong future for its graduate and undergraduate education programs. Your donation, regardless of amount, has a powerful impact and is greatly appreciated. You may focus your gift on a specific area, or make a gift to be used in the area of greatest need. Please Donate Now to make a donation to one of these programs.

General Support

Chair's Discretionary Fund: Gifts to this fund allow the department to allocate additional resources as needed to the fellowships and academic programs described above, helping both graduates and undergraduates to achieve their goals.

Annual gifts to the Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology Chair's Discretionary Fund, in addition to providing vital funds to our department, also qualify the donor for membership into the Chancellor's Circle (annual gifts between $1,000 and $2,499) and Chancellor's Associates (annual gifts of $ 2,500 and above). For more information about the courtesies associated with these levels of support, please go to www.theuclafund.ucla.edu/gtg/donorrecognition.aspx 

Our alumni and friends who already enjoy Chancellor's Associates member benefits may also direct their annual gifts to our department by selecting it via the UCLA Annual Fund appeals. By designating Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology as the recipient of their annual gifts, Chancellor's Associates members will retain the courtesies associated with their level of support. For more information, please visit www.uclafund.ucla.edu/getinvolved/chancellorsassociates/default.aspx

Student Support

The MCDB Graduate Fellowship: Our extraordinary graduate students need support to devote their full efforts to their dissertation research. A donation of $27,000 would support one student for one year, but any gift will help us to continue building the fund to provide as many fellowship quarters as possible, which would allow graduate students to focus on their research and dissertation. Funds can also be used to provide much-needed funding of research materials for their thesis research, as these are not necessarily funded by grant funding available in the mentor's lab.

The MCDB Undergraduate Research Fellowships: Our talented undergraduate researchers must often interrupt their research during summer, because of a lack of funding support. Any amount is welcomed to help them continue their research, and to provide funding of research materials. A donation of $3000 would support an undergraduate researcher for a summer.

Donor Recognition

Your generosity is greatly appreciated by the faculty, staff, and students in the department as well as by the University. Donors at all levels should feel proud of supporting higher education and all donations help us with our mission. Cash donations or gifts of securities are tax deductible and will have an immediate impact. Pledges for future gifts are also welcomed. Named endowments or named faculty chairs are especially welcomed and can help secure our future.