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Molecular and Cellular Biology
Interdisciplinary Academic Programs
970 Washington Street Southwest Blacksburg Virginia 24061
Life Sciences I
Degree(s) Offered:
IGEP Degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology
Minimum GPA: 3.2
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Fall: Dec 01
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Graduate Program Director(s) : Silke Hauf (Associate Professor), Timothy Jarome (Assistant Professor)

Molecular and Cellular Biology at Virginia Tech

The MCB program at Virginia Tech is an interdisciplinary program in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Composed of faculty from six departments across the Virginia Tech campus and the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, incoming students may choose research projects from four broad categories: Cell Signaling and Cancer, Inflammation and Immunity, Microbiology, and Neurobiology. 
Cell Signaling and Cancer
  • Faculty members in Cell Signaling and Cancer study how cells sense and transduce signals, replicate, divide, differentiate, and adapt their functioning to the outside world. Techniques in this area include high-end microscopy, transcriptomics, proteomics, genetic tools, as well as structural and molecular biology.
Inflammation and Immunity
  • Research in Inflammation and Immunity covers the physiology and pathology of innate and adaptive immunity, and uses innovative technologies including lab-on-a-chip to study the interaction between immune cells and pathogens.
  • Research in the Microbiology track investigates how prokaryotes sense and respond to their environment. This includes symbiotic and pathogenic interactions, as well as mechanisms of antibiotic resistance and pathogen-induced cancer.
  • Laboratories associated with the Neurobiology track investigate the genetic, molecular, and cellular mechanisms that underpin how the brain and body grow, sense the world around them, and ultimately create behavior. Current research is focused on cellular and molecular mechanisms related to drug addiction, mood disorders, neuroendocrinology, neuroimmunology, brain development, sexual differentiation, and language production.

Faculty members use a wide range of cellular and organismal models, and employ innovative techniques including advanced genomics and proteomics, fluorescence microscopy, electrophysiology, biochemistry, molecular genetics and behavioral assays. 

Faculty members are committed to excellent, student-oriented mentoring in all aspects of research and professional development.

Colleges and Departments 
College of Science 
  • Biological Sciences
  • School of Neuroscience
 College of Veterinary Medicine 
  • Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences 
 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 
  • Biochemistry
  • Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
  • Animal and Poultry Science
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Contact information: (540)-231-7394
Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.2
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
This is not a degree-granting program. 
Students receive their degree from the home department of their research supervisors. The department requirements apply. 

Life Science 1, Room 213

The Molecular and Cellular Biology Program at Virginia Tech is an interdisciplinary graduate program that draws faculty and graduate students from 3 colleges on campus. The main office is located in Life Sciences 1, Room 213.
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