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