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Giving Opportunities

Thank you for your support on Givingblue Day and throughout the year!

If you missed Givingblue, it is never too late to support MCDB.

We appreciate any gift large or small! More information on how to donate is located below.

Giving Blueday Photos on our frontdoor and in the email: 

upper left: Taylor Nye and Lyle Simmons 'Lab in a Box' outreach to Benzie Central High School

upper right: Tomato pollen tube, image from MacAlister Lab and a photo contest winner

lower right: May 2019 BS graduate Sarah VanDiepenbos with Gyorgyi Csankovszki. Note the C.elegans on Sarah's mortarboard. Sarah is now an MS student in the lab. Learn more about their research on the lab website.

background: Huffnagle Lab--McdB proteins in Cyanobacteria phase separating

Excitement of Scientific Discovery!

Our professors and researchers are pushing the boundaries of scientific knowledge, and our students are experiencing the excitement of scientific discovery through their coursework, and through hands-on experience in our research laboratories.





Our mission at MCDB:

  • conduct cutting edge research in molecular life sciences
  • provide exceptional training for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows for careers in the life sciences
  • serve as a resource of expert knowledge that can be applied to society’s most pressing challenges.

Your gifts provide:

• seed funding for MCDB faculty to initiate new research projects to help them compete for external funding in exciting new areas of biological research

• scholarships for undergraduate students to conduct research in MCDB laboratories

• support for departmental activities that promote community and collaboration.

We are committed to the highest quality and standards of undergraduate and graduate education, and we are dedicated to helping students develop skills applicable to a wide range of careers in the sciences, health care, business, government, and education.

We are grateful to our alumni and friends for their support of our teaching and research. You can make your contribution online by selecting the green button above or you can mail a check to the department. Please indicate your preferred fund in the memo line. 

We also have some major giving opportunities. If you would like to explore these, please reach out to us. Below is contact information for the MCDB Chair and for our LSA Advancement liaison. 

Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology Strategic Fund - 308217

Your donation supports the department's instructional and research needs.

Give Online to the Strategic Fund

MCDB Undergraduate Research Fund - 327021

Your contributions to this fund will provide opportunities for our undergraduate students to conduct research with faculty. These immersive experiences can help shape career directions and are essential to compete for elite graduate programs, medical school, and other biology careers.

 Give Online   

Christine Psujek Memorial Undergraduate Award

Chris Psujek helped over 15,000 students during her time in biology with her knowledge, compassion, and patience – a truly incredible legacy. Undergraduates will remember her for her ability to answer just about any question that was thrown at her and graduate students will remember her from the fair and organized way she managed GSI assignments. The faculty relied on her extensively in their role as concentration advisors as well as all administrative aspects of their undergraduate teaching. In her memory, the Program in Biology has established the Christine Psujek Memorial Undergraduate Award. An award will be presented annually to the graduating senior who submits the best honors thesis in any of the biology concentrations. 

To direct this gift to this fund:
Use this online: Christine Psujek Memorial Undergraduate Award Fund - 317374
By check-- add Christine Psujek Memorial Undergraduate Award Fund - 317374 in the memo space.

Contact Information

Chelsea Knowles
LSA Advancement
101 N Main Suite 850
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-1491

phone: 734-764-2730

Ken Cadigan, Chair
Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology
2254 Biological Sciences Building
1105 N. University
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48190-1085
phone: 734-764-7427