University of California, Riverside




A campus of inspiration

The CMDB program is located within the beautiful UCR campus and populated by students and faculty of diverse and complex backgrounds.

Facilitating education

The UCR campus is a warm and  open work environment featuring serveral new state-of-the-art facilities making for an excellent research environment.

The tools of the trade

UCR features light and electron microscopy centers and a genomics institute with facilities for the study of nucleotide and peptide synthesis, DNA sequencing and cell transformation.

Integrating your education

Complementing their research, CMDB students have access to a wide range of courses in cell, molecular and developmental biology that can be combined to meet the needs and interests of each individual.

A tradition of excellence

The CMDB program has over 70 participating faculty members from across 16 departments. Interacting directly with their graduate students, the faculty creates working environments for a wide variety of research areas.

Education on all fronts

Be it bioethics, proteomics or plant cell pathology, the partnerships between faculty and students at CMDB keep them on the cutting edge of their fields.

Structurally sound

Structural biology — like this 3D model of a protein receptor — provides molecular insights into how the receptor and its ligand regulate gene transcription. CMDB faculty use this information to better understand the molecular basis for genetic diseases and to facilitate drug discovery.

The field is wide open

Whether it's neuroscience, cellular chemistry, bioinformatics or bio-nondevices, our program pushes the edges of discovery.

The Program

The Interdepartmental Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program offers both Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees.

Faculty Diversity

The more-than 50 participating faculty members are recognized leaders in a variety of research areas. Collectively they provide research opportunities to graduate students in basic and applied cell, molecular and/or developmental biology, related to biomedical sciences and agricultural sciences.

Research Diversity

Graduate student in lab

CMDB offers opportunities for research projects in the following areas of basic, applied, medical and agriculture sciences.

  • Bioengineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cell cycle/Genome stability
  • Chemical cell biology
  • Development
  • Membrane function
  • Molecular basis of disease
  • Neuroscience
  • Plant sciences
  • Regulation of gene expression
  • Signal transduction
  • Stem cell biology
  • Mechanism of hormone action

News & Events

rbJuly 29, 2013

CMDB Graduate Student Awarded NIH Fellowship to Study Electronic Cigarettes

Rachel Behar will study the effects of electronic cigarette aerosols on cell health


Participating CMDB students have access to modern professorial laboratories as well as the 10,000-square-foot core instrumentation facility in Noel Keen Hall which provides state-of-the-art equipment, such as microscopy and imaging, bioinformatics, proteomics, including protein sequencing via mass spectrometry, DNA sequencing and cell sorting. One of the most advanced insectaries in the nation is also available for the study of invasive species and genetically-modified organism.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Program Information

Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology
1140 Batchelor Hall

Tel: (951) 827-5621
Fax: (951) 827-5517