CMDB Mission

The mission of the Graduate Program in Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology (CMDB) is to prepare students for successful research careers in the life sciences, leading to awarding of M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.  Our curriculum emphasizes comprehensive and interdisciplinary training in experimental biology at the molecular, cellular and organismal levels, coupled with acquisition of the laboratory skills necessary to generate new knowledge as a research scientist.

About CMDB

CMDB was established in 1999 based on the belief that an interdisciplinary approach was becoming increasingly critical for training biological researchers. Since then, modern biology has developed into an even more synthetic and multi-faceted discipline. Today’s biologists now need to perform experiments and integrate research findings at multiple levels of biological organization, ranging from individual molecules to whole organisms.  To provide the necessary breath for this type of interdisciplinary training, CMDB is organized as an interdepartmental program that brings together scientists from across UCR.  Each year we recruit a select group of students who share this vision, maintaining an overall size of between 30-40 students in the Program.  CMDB is committed to preparing our students for exciting research-oriented careers in basic and applied aspects of cell, molecular and developmental biology, and we are proud of the accomplishments our students have achieved once they have completed our Program.

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