Friday 20 September 2019
The Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) group in the School of Natural Sciences comprises faculty members whose research focuses on five main interdisciplinary areas:
All MCB faculty members accept graduate students pursuing Ph.D. or M.S. degree. If you are interested in pursuing molecular and cellular aspect of one or more areas described above, please go to "Graduate Studies" under "Academics."
MCB Seminar, Dr. Jeremy Day (4PM, Room SE1 270K)
Light refreshments provided.
Basic research in these areas has been part of UC Merced since the campus opened in 2005.
There are several “grand challenge” research questions in MCB, such as:
These grand challenge questions are likely to be best answered using an interdisciplinary approach, contextualized in this broader question: What are the evolutionary and systems-level causes of cellular organizations, cellular dynamics, molecular and cellular networks, that lead to specific cell fate decisions in healthy and in disease states?
MCB faculty members promote unique and key opportunities for intellectual contributions by combining their research strengths in the core disciplines of biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, immunology and pathogenesis and neurobiology, and applying them to these grand challenge questions, using cutting-edge experimental and computational approaches.
Each MCB faculty member has made significant advances in his or her respective field, as demonstrated through many publications and awarded research grants.
Also, we already have examples of interdisciplinary collaborations within the MCB unit, as well as between the MCB Units and other research groups at UC Merced and other institutions around the world.
These collaborations are fostered by the enthusiasm of the MCB faculty members to build from solid, successful foundations in core disciplines and then combine their disciplinary strengths to create novel approaches to challenging scientific questions that seem impossible to tackle.
We envision these interdisciplinary studies will not only help answer questions, but also contribute to the scholarly development of our faculty, and ultimately, to embed this intellectual desire into our graduate student trainees and our undergraduate curriculum.