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.  

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.

Professor Alison DeLong and third year grad student Will Jordan represented the MCB Graduate Program at the national ABRCMS conference in Tampa, Florida.   

L to R: Tracey Cronin, Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies; Alison DeLong, MCB; Anita Zimmerman, MPPB; Andrew Campbell, Dean of the Gradaute School; Marlina Duncan, Associate Director of the Graduate School; Will Jordan, MCB 3rd year graduate student.



John Santiago wins award for outstanding contribution and research presentation at the Annual SACNAS Conference in Long Beach, California.  Congratulations, John!



Atilgan Yilmaz makes the cover of Science Signaling!

Former MCB graduate student Atilgan Yilmaz's thesis research was featured on the cover of the September 2016 issue of Science Signaling.  Atilgan graduated from our program in 2012, did a postdoc at ETH Zurich in Switzerland and is currently a postdoc at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  To see the cover and read his paper, "MuSK is a BMP co-receptor that shapes BMP responses and calcium signaling in muscle cells", please click here.

                              Congratulations to our new graduates
2016 Commencement2016 Commencementwho received their PhDs at Commencement on May 29, 2016:




Kathryn Grive (Advisor - Richard Freiman)                                                                       Asli Sahin (Advisor - Rob Reenan)                                                                                     Georges St. Laurent (posthumously)  (Advisor - Rob Reenan)


MCB Graduate Student Brian Jones recently participated in the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology's Student/Postdoc Capitol Hill Day.  This is an annual event where the ASBMB brings trainees from across the country to meet with their Congressional leaders in Wahsington, D.C. to discuss their research and advocate for funding for scientific research. 

Brian Jones (left), 5th year MCB Graduate Student, meets with R.I. Representative David Cicilline (2nd from left) and others on Capitol Hill.



Brian in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.





MCB Graduate Student's research featured on Brown University website.  Read about Aaron Held's exciting project



MCB Graduate Student Rosa Martinez-Garcia recently participated in a training program organized by the National Research Mentoring Network and was featured on their website.  NRMN is a nationwide consortium of mentorship programming designed to support the advancement of trainees in the health sciences.  Learn more about NRMN.