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Molecular Cell Biology Concentration

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.

The Faculty and their Research

Correspondence and Information

  • Alexander Ishov, Ph.D.
    Co-Director, Molecular Cell Biology Advanced Concentration
    Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Office: CGRC 358
    Phone: (352) 273-8202
  • Eric A. Vitriol, Ph.D
    Co-Director, Molecular Cell Biology Advanced Concentration
    Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology
    Office: B1-007
    Phone: (352) 273-9214
  • Tom Franklin
    Graduate Coordinator
    Office: B1-003
    Phone: 273-8473