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The Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development spans a broad spectrum of biological disciplines, including the storage and expression of information (genetics), its translation into the workings of individual cells (cell biology), and the assembly of cells into tissues and organ systems (development). Here you will find a collection of news, features and opportunities for and about GCD.

A Q&A with Tad Sonstegard

GCD alum shares his thoughts on life after graduation.

Tad Sonstegard received his Ph.D. in Genetics & Cell Biology (precursor to MCDB&G) 1995 and is currently the chief executive officer/chief science officer of Acceligen, a division of Recombinetics

Four GCD Seniors Named to Phi Beta Kappa

Four graduating seniors majoring in Genetics, Cell Biology and Development were welcomed as members of Phi Beta Kappa this year. The graduates named to the society include:

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2020 GCD Pre-Commencement Celebration Reception

GCD plans to host a Pre-Commencement Reception to celebrate GCD graduates, together with their families, friends and other supporters, just prior to CBS graduation. This year, the department is planning an online celebration, dates and times to be determined soon. GCD faculty are looking forward to seeing you there and celebrating your achievements! Please help make the event a success by submitting the following to make sure that your supporters see slide(s) of you! 

Updates to GCD course offerings - 2020 May and Summer Courses

See below for updates to GCD course offerings. If you have any questions, make sure to reach out to your academic advisor!

May 2020 term

GCD 5111/8111, Quantitative Fluorescence Microscopy

  • Fulfills GCD major elective lab requirement
  • Zoom lectures with back-up recording. 

Summer 2020

Biol 3015, Molecular Biology

Are gene-edited foods the future?

Plant scientist Dan Voytas leads the way using precision techniques to quickly improve traits in crops we depend on.

Dan VoytasLast year, Minneapolis-based Calyxt introduced a soybean oil without trans fats for commercial sale.

Aaron Engelhart Speaks at TEDx Boston

Genetics, Cell Biology and Development Professor shared on the past, present and future of our research concerning life on Mars.

Aaron Engelhart, assistant professor in Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, recently shared about his work and the broader scope of research on our understanding of life on Mars at a TEDxBeaconStreet talk in Boston. Engelhart researches the origins of life and ways we can see if life exists outside our atmosphere.