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  • Five-lab team launches novel attack on ALS

    Five-lab team launches novel attack on ALS

    Eyes on the flies
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    Biology professors Kristi Wharton and Robert Reenan insert the ALS gene SOD1 into fruit flies and then look for mutations that counteract it. Their collaborative teams suggest ALS cure may come from disease-suppressing genetic mutations.

  • Blocking fat transport linked to longevity

    Blocking fat transport linked to longevity

    Fat finding * Read the Story Fat transport and storage matters to longevity, according to a new study. Here a store of mouse fat cells (red) is permeated by blood vessels (green).

  • Chromosomes reconfigure as cell division ends

    Chromosomes reconfigure as cell division ends

    Chromosome change  
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    Chromosomes 4 (red) and 18 (green) are noticeably smaller in the nucleus of a senescent cell (bottom-right) than in a nonsenescent cell (top-left).

  • Lab makeover provides space for a new way to learn

    Lab makeover provides space for a new way to learn

    Laboratory panorama
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    With open sightlines and a spacious floorplan, screens for sharing data, and bench heights comfortable for standing or sitting work, the newly designed room promotes collaboration on open-ended inquiry.


MCB Department Overview

 The Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry is the largest on-campus department in the Division of Biology and Medicine. We offer a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses that form the core of modern experimental biology. Our faculty offer training in genetics, biochemistry, developmental biology, cellular biology, molecular biology, genomics, and proteomics. Departmental research employs state of the art optical tools such as electron and confocal scanning microscopy, physical techniques such as X-ray diffraction, and innovative techniques in molecular biology. The Department is devoted to cutting-edge research that addresses basic questions in biology, including the control of gene expression, cell fate determination, protein synthesis, the genetics of behavior, control of the cell cycle, signaling pathways within the cell, and the role of prions in cellular activity. A distinguished faculty, well-represented on editorial and professional boards and societies, directs undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral work in the Department.