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Research

MCDB research programs explore the spectrum of biological processes at the sub-organismal level. These programs both seek to unveil the fundamental functions occurring within and between cells and to apply those discoveries in ways that improve the human condition through advances in biomedicine, agriculture, the environment, and life science-based technology.

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Biochemistry & Biomaterials

Biomolecular materials in marine organisms provide a treasure trove of new insights for understanding adaptation in marine organisms as well as stoking bio-inspired innovations in technology.

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Biomedical Sciences

Molecular disease mechanisms, diagnostic approaches and biomarkers, pharmacological interventions and novel drug design, disease therapies.

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Cell Biology

Cytoskeleton dynamics, membrane trafficking, protein / lipid glycosylation, cell adhesion / migration, cell signaling, apoptosis, stem cells, tumorigenesis / cancer metastasis.

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Developmental & Stem Cell Biology

Molecular and cellular mechanisms of development; adult and embryonic stem cell biology, engineering, and regenerative medicine.

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Genetics & Genomics

Gene and genome organization, function, and evolution in plants, animals and microbes.

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Microbiology & Immunology

Mechanisms of gene expression and function in microorganisms, host protective responses to infection by microbial and viral pathogens, and the molecular basis of pathogenesis and microbial disease processes.

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Neuroscience

Development of the Nervous System; Sensory signaling; Animal Behavior; Neurodegenerative Diseases; Stem Cell Biology and Engineering; Ion Channel Biophysics; Intracellular Protein Trafficking; Neuronal Cytoskeleton.

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Plant Biology

Plant development, structure and function of cell walls, plant-microbe symbiosis, secondary metabolism, tandem repeat protein bioinformatics.

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Systems & Quantitative Biology

Systems biology focuses on understanding complex interactions in biological systems.