The Department of Cell and Molecular Biology at UMMC focuses on a variety of research areas. The department is comprised of regular faculty members, instructors, and some faculty with joint appointments in the Cancer Center and Research Institute, and adjunct faculty members from the Departments of Physiology, Preventive Medicine, and Neurology and the School of Nursing.
The faculty use various model systems for their work, such as cell and molecular models, zebrafish, and rodent models. Their studies are supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and private foundations such as the American Heart Association.
The CMB faculty's research interests focus on these areas:
See individual faculty pages for details.
The Cell and Molecular Biology Department also houses four research core facilities located in the Guyton Research Complex:
Graduate research mission statement
The overall objective of the PhD program in cell and molecular biology is for each student to achieve competency in both the coursework and research components of the program and develop critical thinking and communication skills. With this knowledge base and skill set, graduating students will be equipped to pursue a variety of different career options.
To ensure that each student meets the objective of the PhD program, many different competencies will be evaluated.