The Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB)
provides graduate training in virtually all aspects
of biological sciences. The program serves as an
umbrella program that builds close ties among its
~100 faculty members in various departments,
fostering a collaborative environment that
encourages interdisciplinary research.
Research falls broadly into three areas based on
faculty interests — Biological Chemistry and
Molecular Biophysics, Cellular and Developmental
Biology, and Biomedicine. In many cases, faculty
research overlaps these interdisciplinary areas.
Most students admitted to the MCB program have
obtained a bachelor’s degree in basic sciences
(biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics or
mathematics). Students interested in a career
in life-sciences research in various aspects of
biomedicine are encouraged to apply. All
qualified applicants may apply to the Ph.D.
program; only students from the Five College
consortium are eligible to apply for the
fast-track M.S. degree program.