Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology

The Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology (CMMB) program is diverse in scope, but its faculty members are unified in their focus to understand the organizing principles of biology and engage innovative research that addresses fundamental processes. The CMMB program features four graduate degree options, each with a distinctive curriculum. The Cellular and Developmental Biology track emphasizes research in signal transduction, cellular trafficking and early development. Faculty mentors in the Microbiology and Immunology track focus on viral and microbial physiology and the molecular biology of host-microbial interactions as well as the vertebrate immune system. The evolving interaction of microbes with the environment and their hosts is the focus of the Microbial Evolution and Ecology track. The Molecular Biology and Biochemistry track emphasizes mechanistic aspects of cellular processes, particularly RNA regulation, signal transduction though kinases and G proteins, viral recognition of host cells.

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