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Department of Biological Sciences


Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology Group

 The Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Group (MCDB) is a diverse yet cohesive group of internationally recognized investigators with a shared interest understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms governing animal and plant cells. We are a large group, with expertise in genetics, signal transduction, and cell biology - over 70 MCDB  members attended the annual retreat this year. 

Several MCDB investigators have connections to USC’s Center for Colon Cancer Research. Other strengths include mouse genetics, gene expression and molecular evolution. Molecular neuroscience is a growing area of expertise, and several researchers in the Plant Sciences group participate in MCDB functions.

MCDB graduate students can enter the program directly or through the USC Integrated Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program. Most MCDB graduate students participate in classes that allow them to present their research to the department. They also enroll in journal club-like courses. The department has significant funding sources for students to attend international meetings and workshops. We are currently establishing an MCDB postdoctoral organization to provide support and mentorship for postdoctoral fellows in MCDB labs. 


    MCDB Faculty