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.  

Recently Published

Congratulations to the following recently-published students!

L1 drives IFN in senescent cells and promotes age-associated inflammation. De Cecco M, Ito T, Anna P Petrashen, Amy E Elias,  kvir NJ, Criscione SW, Caligiana A, Brocculi G, Adney EM, Boeke JD, Le O, Beauséjour C, Ambati J, Ambati K, Simon M, Seluanov A, Gorbunova V, Slagboom PE, Helfand SL, Nicola Neretti, John M Sedivy. Nature. 2019 Feb;566(7742):73-78. doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0784-9. Epub 2019 Feb 6. PMID: 30728521

Iterative subtraction facilitates automated, quantitative analysis of multiple pollen tube growth features. Nathaniel Ponvert, Goldberg J, Leydon A, Mark A. Johnson. Plant Reprod. 2018 Dec 12. doi: 10.1007/s00497-018-00351-8. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30543045


Deans, faculty & staff at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Indianapolis representing Brown's graduate programs including MCBGP Diversity Coordinator Alison DeLong, Ph.D., MCB Grad Program Coordinator Ray Windsor, and MCB grad student Shawn Williams.




Recently Published

Congratulations to the following recently-published students!


Evolutionary diversification of the HAP2 membrane insertion motifs to drive gamete fusion across eukaryotes. Fedry J, Jennifer Forcina, Legrand P, Péhau-Arnaudet G, Haouz A, Mark A Johnson, Rey FA, Krey T. PLoS Biol. 2018 Aug 13;16(8):e2006357. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2006357. eCollection 2018 Aug. PMID:  30102690


Galleria mellonella as an insect model for P. destructans, the cause of White-nose Syndrome in bats. Chapman N. Beekman CN, Meckler L, Kim E, Richard J. Bennett. PLoS One. 2018 Sep 5;13(9):e0201915. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0201915. eCollection 2018.PMID: 30183704


Human Oxoguanine Glycosylase 1 Removes Solution Accessible 8-Oxo-7,8-dihydroguanine Lesions from Globally Substituted Nucleosomes Except in the Dyad Region. Bilotti K, Mary E. TarantinoSarah Delaney. Biochemistry. 2018 Mar 6;57(9):1436-1439. doi: 10.1021/acs.biochem.7b01125. Epub 2018 Jan 23. PMID: 29341606


Initiating base excision repair in chromatin. Erin Kennedy, Sarah Delaney, PJ Caffrey PJ. DNA Repair (Amst). 2018 Aug 24. pii: S1568-7864(18)30176-9. doi: 10.1016/j.dnarep.2018.08.011. Epub 2018. PMID: 30170831


Welcome 2018 First Year Students!

  • Kimberly Abt, Bridgewater State College
  • Maureen Dowell, University of Kansas
  • Leslie Pedraza, San Francisco State University; University of California - Berkeley
  • Shanelle Reilly, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Azucena Rocha, Harvard University Extension School
  • Victoria St. Amand, Rhode Island College
  • Sorel Ouonkap Yimga, University of California - Berkeley

30th Annual Graduate Program Retreat

2018 marked the 30th anniversary of the MCBGP retreat - an amazing achievement!  This year's full-day program was held at Whispering Pines Conference Center on August 31 and featured faculty and student talks, poster sessions, a scavenger hunt, and delicious food.  Thank you to our 100+ participants and the staff of Whispering Pines for making it a truly educational and idyllic day.

Congratulations to our poster winners Jenna Kotak, Diego Jaime, and Anna Petrashen!

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.