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Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

The MCD subprogram encompasses approximately 60 laboratories across eight CUNY campuses using a wide variety of model organisms from microbes and invertebrates to mammals and plants. It features faculty working at the cutting edge of cancer mechanisms, biotechnology, signal transduction, gene regulation, genome integrity, cell structure, intracellular trafficking and development/dysfunction of the immune and nervous systems, among others. MCD graduates have completed their Ph.D. degree with strong records of productivity making them highly competitive for postdoctoral positions and fellowships. In addition, many MCD alumni now hold academic faculty posts and leadership positions in the biotechnology industry.

First-year MCD student celebration at year's end

Spring 2017 Retreat at PEEC

Coming up in Spring 2017 will be our Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCD) and Neuroscience (NS) subprograms retreat! During the weekend of May 5th to May 7th, faculty, students and guests will be gathering for a rejuvenating retreat at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in Dingman’s Ferry, Pennsylvania.

Previous Biology program retreats in 2015 featured “lightning talks,” poster sessions, and workshops, interspersed with hikes into the surrounding countryside. There was plenty of time for informal discussion among faculty and students, and for students from both programs to socialize in the “community” yurts.  We look forward to another productive retreat!