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Molecular, Cellular & Evolutionary Biology Program


MCEB Program


The MCEB program focuses on how complex biological systems emerge from molecules, cells and genes – the fundamental units of life.

The intended learning outcome for the Molecular, Cellular, and Evolutionary Biology graduate program is to graduate PhD students at the forefront of research and prepare them for careers in research, industry, and education. Training will include oral and written communication skills, critical data evaluation, and hands-on experience with a variety of state-of-the-art research methods.

Research Interest Areas



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Behavior & Neurobiology


Behavior of animals and its neurological basis


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Biochemistry & Structural Biology


Molecular underpinnings of the biological world


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Cell Biology


Structure and function of the fundamental unit of life


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Coevolutionary Biology


Evolutionary consequences of interactions between species


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Developmental Biology


Growth from a single cell to a complex multicellular organism


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Evolution & Biodiversity


Mechanisms governing phenotypic variation and diversity of organisms


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Genetics & Genomics


Mechanisms and outcomes of inheritance


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Microbial Biology


Diversity of microbes and interactions with their environment


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Plant Biology


Determinants of plant diversity, form and function