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Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

Welcome to the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology. Our mission is to achieve excellence in research, education and service programs.

The department’s diverse research programs include protein-protein interactions, drug delivery, histone structure and function, Cajal bodies and RNA processing, p53, cytochrome oxidase and mitochondrial function, mechanisms responsible for cancer initiation and metastases and novel peptide delivery systems, the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system and cellular mechanisms responsible for elevated blood pressure. Our research is supported by NIH, NSF and other national foundations. Several of our primary and secondary faculty are members of the UMMC Cancer Center and Research Institute and the Women's Health Research Center.

The department’s PhD program in cell and molecular biology strives for each student to excel in coursework and research and to develop critical thinking and communication skills. With a strong knowledge base and skill set, graduating students will be equipped to pursue a variety of different career options. In addition, our faculty instruct medical, dental and graduate students, and have won numerous teaching awards.

Department of Cell and Molecular Biology Seminar Series


"Towards Sex - and Gender - Based Medicine: Insights from Experimental Models"
Licy Yanes Cardozo, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 2020
Classroom 3A
All UMMC students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend. For more information, email Pamela Keys.
Each speaker will present his/her talk for 15 minutes, followed by 15 minutes for questions.
15-minute Q&A for each speaker; priority is reserved for the trainees (postdoctoral fellows, graduate students). Accordingly, trainees are encouraged to initiate the Q&A with their questions.
Follow-up questions will be permitted as time allows.