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.
The UCR campus is a warm and open work environment featuring several 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.
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 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.
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.