Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology (MCD)


Thirty-eight faculty members from six departments participate in the training track in MCD Biology. Their research covers numerous topics directly related to human health, including stem cell biology, malaria, cholera, cancer biology, host-pathogen interactions, neurodegenerative diseases, and the responses of neurons to stroke and other damage. Basic research focuses on cell division, signaling, meiosis, chromatin remodeling, cell differentiation, and neurobiology.

James Ackman Visualizing Structured Activity Throughout the Developing Vertebrate Brain
Manny Ares Mechanisms of Splicing Regulation
Joshua Arribere Cellular quality control of gene expression
Vicki Auerbuch-Stone Innate Immune Responses to the Human Pathogen Yersinia pseudotuberculosis
Needhi Bhalla Meiotic Chromosome Dynamics
Hinrich Boeger Chromatin Structure and Gene Regulation
Susan Carpenter Long Noncoding RNA and Innate Immunity
Bin Chen Mammalian Brain Development
Rebecca Dubois Structure, Function, and Engineering of Virus Proteins
David Feldheim The Generation of Neural Connections
Camilla Forsberg Mechanisms of Stem Cell Fate Decisions
Ed Green Genome Sequence Assembly and Comparative Genome Analysis
Grant Hartzog How Chromatin Influences Transcription
David Haussler Bioinformatics, Computational Genomic Data Analysis, Molecular Evolution and Comparative Genomics
Lindsay Hinck Cellular Interactions During Organogenesis and Tumorigenesis
Melissa Jurica Structure and Functional Analysis of Spliceosomes
Rohinton Kamakaka Chromosome Structure and Gene Regulation
Doug Kellogg Control of Cell Growth and Size
Scott Lokey Chemical Biology, Cyclic Peptides, Small Molecule Screening
Todd Lowe Computational and experimental discovery of non-coding RNAs, microbial genomics, extremophile biology
Harry Noller Structure and Function of the Ribosome
Karen Ottemann The Molecular Virulence Factors of Helicobacter pylori
Carrie Partch Molecular Mechanisms of Circadian Rhythmicity
Michael Rexach Structure and Function of the Nuclear Pore Complex
Seth Rubin Biochemical Mechanisms in Cell Growth and Division
Jeremy Sanford Post Transcriptional Control of Gene Expression
Bill Saxton Cytoskeletal Motors and Active Transport Processes
Bill Scott RNA Structure, Catalysis and the Origin of Life
Beth Shapiro Inferring the Evolutionary Dynamics of Species and Populations Using Genome-scale Data Sampled Over Time
Alexander Sher Neural Circuits: Function, Development, and Treatment
Michael Stone Structure and Dynamics of Telomeres and Telomerase
Susan Strome Chromatin and RNA Regulation in C. elegans
Bill Sullivan Cell Cycle, Cytoskeleton, and Host-pathogen Interactions
John Tamkun Chromatin Remodeling in Drosophila Development&
Zhu Wang Prostate Development and Cancer, Tissue Stem Cells
Jordan Ward Probing C. elegans development, cellular differentiation, and parasitic disease
Fitnat Yildiz Molecular Mechanisms of Biofilm Formation in Vibrio cholerae
Al Zahler Alternative Pre-mRNA Splicing Regulation and the Biological Role of Small RNAs
Yi Zuo Synapse Plasticity and Learning/Memory

nih UCSC's graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering is supported by training grants from the National Institute of General Medical Science and the National Human Genome Research Institute.