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Department faculty direct projects in diverse areas, which coalesce around three topics:

The strong external funding record of our faculty, the national and international collaborations that connect our research to projects elsewhere in the world, and the high-end instrumentation available are a good basis for a successful research training experience.

Departmental Vision 

We strive to provide an excellent, comprehensive education and to perform high-impact, fundamental research at the cutting edge of the molecular and cellular biological sciences. Our aim is to enhance existing strengths by increasing resources and recognition for our work, which integrates approaches spanning the continuum from molecular to organismal biology. We draw upon the diversity of the department to provide a collaborative environment with a breadth of expertise that fosters personalized mentoring and training at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels. Our vision encompasses advancing the scientific literacy and understanding of the biological and biochemical sciences within the university and the community at large.