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Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics (MCDB&G)

The Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics (MCDB&G) graduate program empowers tomorrow’s Principle Investigators to explore the fundamental mechanisms of life with premier faculty and facilities at the University of Minnesota. Powered by electrifying interdisciplinary collaborations, graduate thesis projects utilize emergent research techniques and state-of-the-art technology to pursue questions in exhilarating new fields like bioinformatics, genomics, genome engineering, gene therapy, computational modeling, and more. Foster an innovative mindset, publish in prestigious journals, and embark on your own path to discovery in this curiosity-driven community.

Faculty and student in lab

"Hidden among the enigmas of the genome lie answers to some of the biggest questions in human health. Our grand challenge is not just to cure disease—but to prevent it."
-Hiroshi Nakato, Director of Graduate Studies

Along with a broad grasp of the basics, MCDB&G emphasizes critical and innovative thinking rather than endless memorization. Each student brings his or her unique experiences, passions, and ideas to the classroom and to the bench—MCDB&G responsively cultivates the intellectual and technical skills required for a successful career in academia, industry, and beyond.

Learn + Teach + Research in the Twin Cities

The MCDB&G experience seamlessly integrates rigorous academics and innovative research in a thriving scientific community—all set in the heart of the Midwest’s second largest metropolitan area. Renowned for their high quality of life, affordability, and prosperous economies, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the surrounding neighborhoods offer a vibrant spectrum of cultures, cuisines, events, and nighttime activities…not to mention our beloved lakes, rivers, and forests.