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About Us

Biological Sciences Building 1105 N. University Ave.


A few items to start your exploration of the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. . .

The Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology conducts basic research about the function of all branches of life — bacteria, plants, and animals. The research portfolio includes more than 40 sponsored awards, amounting to more than $8 million. Learn more on the faculty and lab pages.

We are also home to the more 500 students each year who graduate with majors in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology; plant biology; biology, health and society; and microbiology. At the undergraduate level, our faculty also teach introductory biology courses, upper level courses, and are part of other programs, including neuroscience. Our graduate offerings include a PhD program, a Pathways master's program, and a traditional master's program. Use the navigation menu to explore these areas.

Where we are located in the Biological Sciences Building on central campus. Our undergraduate services through the Program in Biology are also found on the 2nd Floor of the Biological Sciences Building. This section includes how to reach us, some driving directions, airport information and more. 

Our researchers answer common questions related to their work on sleep, probiotics, protein folding, and more. . .

Follow the evolution of the department called Molecular, Cellular & Development Biology from its origins in Botany and Zoology in 1837.

Land Acknowledgement

Anishinaabeg gaa bi dinokiiwaad temigad manda Michigan Kichi Kinoomaagegamig. Mdaaswi nshwaaswaak shi mdaaswi shi niizhawaaswi gii-sababoonagak, Ojibweg, Odawaag, minwaa Bodwe’aadamiig wiiba gii-miigwenaa’aa maamoonjiniibina Kichi Kinoomaagegamigoong wi pii-gaa aanjibiigaadeg Kichi-Naakonigewinning, debendang manda aki, mampii Niisaajiwan, gewiinwaa niijaansiwaan ji kinoomaagaazinid. Daapanaming ninda kidwinan, megwaa minwaa gaa bi aankoosejig zhinda akiing minwaa gii-miigwewaad Kichi-Kinoomaagegamigoong aanji-daapinanigaade minwaa mshkowenjigaade.

The University of Michigan is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe people. In 1817, the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Bodewadami Nations made the largest single land transfer to the University of Michigan. This was offered ceremonially as a gift through the Treaty at the Foot of the Rapids so that their children could be educated. Through these words of acknowledgment, their contemporary and ancestral ties to the land and their contributions to the University are renewed and reaffirmed.