The Ph.D. Program in Molecular & Cell Biology
View the MCB Ph.D. Handbook for more details.
do organisms function at the molecular and cellular levels?
The goal of the MCB Graduate Program is to train aspiring
scientists interested in solving these questions. Students
acquire a broad knowledge about current developments in
molecular and cell biology, learn to be effective scientific
communicators, and are trained to perform independent scientific
We prepare our students for a career in scientific research
- a flexible curriculum of courses tailored for each
student's specific needs
- thesis research under the personal direction of a faculty
member. Entering students participate in laboratory rotations
that acquaint them with current research techniques and
permit exploration of possible research areas.
- a series of journal clubs that keep students abreast
of significant research findings and develop confidence
with reading research literature and giving oral presentations.
A seminar course is specifically designed for first-year
The research interests of the faculty in our program encompass:
- DNA replication and repair
- gene expression and regulation
- nucleic acid diagnostics
- cell polarity and morphogenesis
- cytoskeleton and membrane traffic
- developmental biology
- synapse formation and homeostasis
- behavior and sensory processing
Students in the MCB Program benefit from the extremely
interactive nature of the Life Sciences at Brandeis. Entering
MCB students may choose to perform their thesis research
at any laboratory in the Physical or Life Sciences Departments.
The small size of the Departments and individual research
groups allows extensive collaborations and interactions
among and within research groups.