About the graduate program
Organized by the Department of Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology, the Cell and Developmental Biology graduate program offers research and training in cell biology, developmental biology, and cancer cell biology. Using a wide variety of model systems, the graduate program faculty explore processes that are crucial for the development and function of all tissues and organisms. Areas of interest include the mechanisms that control cell proliferation and migration; biosynthesis, assembly and function of cellular components; intracellular trafficking and signal transduction; neurogenesis and differentiation; and the temporal and spatial regulation of gene expression. Faculty also seek to understand how the misregulation of these normal functions can lead to the onset, progression, and dissemination of cancer, with the goal of identifying new opportunities for therapeutic treatments. Of note is that the graduate program provides a flexible curriculum that provides a solid background in cell and molecular biology, while permitting each student to focus on courses and training that best matches their individual research interests.