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Concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology

(merging Microbiology and the CMB stem cell emphasis)


Cell and Molecular Biology
Coordinator: Dr. Diana Chu

This program is designed for students preparing for future graduate work as well as those wishing to increase their competency in the fields of cell and molecular biology. It emphasizes the study of cells, cell organelles, macromolecules, and the regulation of their production and interaction. As such, it represents an expanding frontier of research that integrates biochemistry, biophysics, genetics, developmental biology, and cell ultrastructure.

The specific course requirements are determined by the student's committee and are based on considerations such as goals, interests, and undergraduate preparation. A strong background in chemistry is highly recommended.
 

Faculty:
Ivan Anastassov, Laura Burrus, Mark Chan, Joseph Chen, Lily Chen, Diana Chu, Robyn Cook, Wilfred Denetclaw, Carmen Domingo, Michael Goldman, Zheng-Hui He, Leticia Marquez-Magaña, Sally Pasion, Pleuni Pennings, Robert Ramirez, Blake Riggs, Rori Rohlfs, Scott Roy, Joseph Romeo, Scott Roy, Erica Sanchez, Nicole Salazar Velmeshev, Ravinder Sehgal, José de la Torre, Steve Weinstein.

 

Microbiology
Coordinator: Dr. Diana Chu


The study of microbes and viruses is central to the fields of molecular biology, pathogenesis, immunity, and biomedicineMicrobiology is also important in the study of the biochemical and genetic properties of cells and organisms. This concentration provides course work and research opportunities for students who have career goals in research or industry or who wish to pursue Ph.D. studies after completing their master's degree.

In addition to the basic department requirements, applicants to this concentration should have at least two upper division laboratory courses in microbiology.

Faculty: Frank Bayliss, Joseph Chen, Lily Chen, Leticia Marquez-Magaña, Robert Ramirez, Joseph Romeo, Ravinder Sehgal, José de la Torre, Steve Weinstein.