About the department

MCB was created in 1987 by merging former "Sections" of Biochemistry & Biophysics, Genetics and Cell Biology and Microbiology. The department today houses two undergraduate majors (MCB and Structural Biology and Biophysics), five PhD-granting Programs and two Professional Science Master's Programs. We contribute the lion's share of teaching to both graduate and undergraduate biology courses at UConn Storrs, but still publish an average of two to three scientific articles per faculty member per year. By most metrics, MCB is a highly productive department, as follows:


MCB by the numbers (last edited December 2013)

# Graduate MCB majors 170 1
# Undergraduate majors 365 2 (combined)
# Completed Honors theses since 2006 196 1
# Honors Students in labs 84 1
# University Outstanding Scholars in department 11 1
# Biology majors 1053 1
# Graduate Students 175 1
Total MCB2000+ level credits 12,607  
Total MCB graduate level credits 2,484
Total indirect costs returned (FY '12/'13) $4.2 million 1
Total Expenditure Research Grants (FY '12/'13) #1.3 million 1
Research Technicians 11 1
Postdoctoral Fellows 13 1
Total # scientific papers published 100+ NA
Total # Full Time Faculty members 40 NA


All of our full-time faculty members are research-active with postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduates engaged in exciting cutting-edge research. In addition to leading world-class research programs, our faculty is also engaged to an amazing level in educating our students. Several In-Residence faculty members support our educational program. All have earned a PhD from a leading university.

Educational Opportunities

Undergraduate MCB majors develop a broad understanding of molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology, and genetics. Students develop laboratory skills, analytical skills and the ability to communicate scientific information and results. An MCB degree prepares students for careers in research in our subject areas, as well as for careers in biotechnology, law, medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and health-related professions.

Graduate students experience one-on-one guidance from faculty members to become experts in their field of choice. Advanced degrees are earned in Molecular and Cell Biology with Areas of Concentration in Structural Biology, Biophysics & Biochemistry (SBB&B), Cell Biology, Microbiology and Genetic & Genomics. Please visit the Programs menu to survey the variety of projects existing within the department. Most students make their final decision on choosing an advisor and field of research after matriculating in the department. With about 170 graduate students in the department, exciting social and scientific events are always in preparation. Graduate students are encouraged to present their research results at national and international scientific meetings, and they get personal advice on career paths and job placement. All in all, MCB is a great place to be.