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Department of Molecular
and Cellular Biology

About us

Our Science 

We research and teach how the collective behavior of molecules and cells forms the basis of life. We are driven by a passion for discovery and value collaborative approaches to scientific inquiry, where connections between people fuel interdisciplinary science and break boundaries across varied experimental systems. Against a backdrop of cutting-edge biological research, we work as a team of educators and mentors to inspire and train the next generation of scientists and global citizens. 

 Our Community 

At the core of the MCB department is a commitment to foster an environment in which all individuals have the opportunity to thrive. It is our shared responsibility to create an inclusive culture, where we support and respect each other as colleagues. We embrace a diverse range of perspectives, expertise, identities, experiences, talents, and abilities. By continually strengthening this foundation of investing in the well-being of our people, we enable our community’s growth and pursuit of the creative and innovative approaches that underlie scientific excellence. 

Our Guiding Principles

We hold ourselves and the community accountable to the following set of values: 

We foster a safe and supportive environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity and is able to work towards their aspirations. 

We encourage difficult conversations about racial, gender, structural and other inequities in our labs, institutions, and society.We listen actively and openly and seek to continually learn from one another during these respectful and open dialogues. 

We take active steps to diversify our community demographics, promote equitable practices, and eliminate systemic racism and other inequities in our departmental structures. 

We prioritize the well-being of our community members and create avenues of support for all, with a particular focus on the needs of Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, first generation students, people from underprivileged backgrounds, and other community members underrepresented in the scientific community.We prioritize diversity, inclusion, and belonging work, advocate for it at all levels and actively include it in all departmental discussions.  


We carry out our work responsibly and ethically, recognizing that our own choices are reflections of both ourselves and our community. As a department, we are committed to building institutional accountability and transparency in our decision-making processes.  


Latest News

(l to r) Michael Gutierrez, Rachelle Gaudet, Jacob Licht, and Sam Berry

Systematic Analyses Find That Related Transport Proteins Choreograph Their Conformational Dance from a Small Set of Common Moves

Organisms must take up nutrients and extrude toxins and waste to survive, grow, and reproduce. These import and export functions are performed at cellular membranes by proteins referred […]

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Mackenzie Smith

MCO Graduate Student Mackenzie Smith Awarded NSF Fellowship

MCO graduate student Mackenzie Smith of  Ya-Chieh Hsu’s lab in SCRB has received a grant from the NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). The NSF’s GRFP provides fellowships […]

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Jeeyun Chung

Jeeyun Chung Earns Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship and Charles H. Hood Foundation Grant

MCB faculty Jeeyun Chung has both received a Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Award in Neuroscience and a Charles H. Hood Foundation Child Health Research Award.  Issued by the Esther A. […]

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(l to r) Nick Bellono, Pablo Villar del Rio, Maxwell Coyle, Rebecka Sepela, Trey Scott, Corey Allard, and Loranzie Rogers

Focus on Fellowships: Six Bellono Lab Postdocs Awarded Fellowships

Receiving a fellowship is a key milestone, as well as an important source of funding, for many postdocs. Many labs, such as the Bellono Lab, go out of […]

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