MCB Graduate Program

The Graduate Program in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry (MCB) is a truly interdisciplinary, interdepartmental Program that offers students of superior ability and motivation excellent preparation for a career that includes research in biological and medical sciences. The Program draws faculty trainers from: five departments within the Program in Biology (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry; Molecular Microbiology and Immunology; Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology; and Neuroscience); four departments within Alpert Medical School Brown Medical School (Medicine; Pathology; Orthopaedics and Pediatrics), and from the Chemistry, Computer Science and Applied Mathematics departments.  

Congratulations 2018 Graduates!

The following MCB students graduated this May:

  • Edward Anderson
  • Judson Belmont
  • Daniel Berg
  • Alexander Conicella
  • Jennifer Forcina
  • Emily Kaye
  • Kevin Murphy
  • Stephanie Post
  • Christine Scaduto
  • Allison Taggart
  • Robert Thorn

There was a lunch held for MCB graduating students and their families. We wish them all the best of luck in their next endeavors!


Junior Researcher’s Program in East Providence 

MCB student John Santiago's Junior Researchers Program showcases diversity in STEM fields and opens doors for young students interested in science. The program's innovation and success was written about in a Brown Graudate School article; to find out more, read the article here.

2017 Annual MCB Graduate Program Retreat

The 2017 Annual MCB Retreat was held at Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, RI. It was a full day of faculty and student talks, as well as poster sessions. There was even some time to tour around the farm and see all types of animals including the very popular baby goats.

Congratulations to this year's three-way tie, MCB Retreat poster winners:  Anastasia Murthy, Jennifer Forcina and John Santiago





Welcome to the 12 new MCB Graduate Program students that started September 2017!

2017 First Year MCB Students2017 First Year MCB Students


  • Kaileigh Ahlquist, Reed College
  • Paul Campbell, Syracuse University
  • Anthony Crown, University of Florida
  • Alexandra D'Ordine, Worcester Polytechnic
  • Stephany Foster, Brown University
  • Chyna Gray, University of San Diego
  • Roy Hsu, University of Washington
  • Corrine Hutfilz, Portland State University
  • Brendan McCarthy-Sinclair, UC, Davis
  • Yuliya Nemtsova, Rutgers University
  • Alice Pieplow, California State University, Long Beach
  • Mary Tarantino, Brown University

Congratulations to Shawn Williams and Sarah Kaptur, NSF Honorable Mention recipients!



Highlighted Student Publication

Allison TaggartAllison TaggartAllison Taggart recently published a paper in Genome Research based on her thesis research in the lab of Dr. William Fairbrother.

Taggart AJ, Lin CL, Shrestha B, Heintzelman C, Kim S, Fairbrother WG. (2017) Large-scale analysis of branchpoint usage across species and cell lines. Genome Res 27:639-649.