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Molecular Cell Biology Concentration

Program of Study

The Advanced Concentration in Molecular Cell Biology (MCB) prepares investigators for careers in biomedical research in academic or industrial settings. This multidisciplinary program has nearly 60 participating faculty members and offers an extraordinary range of opportunities for advanced study of life at the molecular and cellular levels. The diverse faculty shares common interests in the molecular interactions that account for the functionally integrated subcellular, cellular, and tissue organization found in living organisms. The model systems in use range from yeast and cellular slime molds through Drosophila to birds and mammals. These systems are manipulated and analyzed employing a wide range of powerful molecular, genetic, protein chemical, immunological, pharmacological, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and microscopic imaging strategies. In the first year, students are admitted into the College of Medicine interdisciplinary program in which they participate in a series of theoretical and practical courses as well as laboratory rotations that expose them to the fundamentals of biomedical inquiry. Students who select the MCB program take advanced coursework and initiate independent research during the second year. This arrangement ensures maximum flexibility for students to custom-design a training program best suited to their own needs. This program provides a broad-based vision early in the program coupled with the appropriate degree of specialization later on.

Molecular Cell Biology provides the essential linkage between important basic fields of biomedical sciences, such as genetics, developmental biology, immunology, neurobiology and cancer biology. Cell biology has indeed matured from a descriptive discipline into one that is focusing on the elucidation of function at cellular and molecular levels. As we will soon have identified all the gene products that are potentially synthesized by an organism, it will be essential to connect sequence information to physiological function with the context of the cell. Cell biology at the University of Florida is a highly interdisciplinary research area which is undergoing rapid growth in areas such as cell regulation and cancer, manipulation of stem cells, liver pathobiology, and the role of aberrant protein processing and trafficking in disease processes. Therefore, Molecular Cell Biology will be at the center of the new era of biomedical research.

Fall Semester Advanced Courses

Spring Semester Advanced Courses

Policies of the Molecular Cell Biology Concentration

NEW for 2012-13! Advanced Cell Biology Course (GMS-6421) is compulsory requirement for all MCB graduate students.

Journal Club: The Molecular Cell Biology journal club meets each Tuesday at 9:00 – 10:00 am during the Fall and Spring semester (room R5-265).  All Molecular Cell Biology students are required to register for the Molecular Cell Biology journal club (GMS 6690) each Fall and Spring semester beginning in their second year.  Molecular Cell Biology students may participate in other journal clubs in addition to Molecular Cell Biology journal club if they wish to.

Correspondence and Information:

Director, Molecular Cell Biology Advanced Concentration Associate Director, Molecular Cell Biology Advanced Concentration
Alexander Ishov, Ph.D. John Aris, Ph.D.
Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology
University of Florida College of Medicine University of Florida College of Medicine
P.O. Box 100235 P.O. Box 100235
Gainesville, FL 32610-0235 Gainesville, FL 32610-0235
Phone:  (352) 273-8202 Phone:  (352) 273-6868
E-mail: E-mail:
Graduate Coordinator
Tom Franklin
Office:  B1-003
Phone: 273-8473

NOTE: These contacts are for detailed information about the Molecular Cell Biology Advanced Concentration only. All inquiries concerning admission to the IDP must be directed to the IDP Admissions office at More information on admissions is also available on the IDP Admissions Page.

The Faculty and their Research

For a list of faculty members in the Molecular Cell Biology advanced program, please click here.  Faculty names link to faculty web pages.