Established in September 2013, the Department of Molecular Biosciences is composed of faculty members studying molecular, microbial, cellular, developmental, chemical, plant, and systems biology. By spanning such a wide range of expertise and interests, the faculty are developing novel approaches to biological problems and offer unique perspectives to students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
We are constantly adapting to the fast-paced change that accompanies modern biological sciences. Central to this continual transformation is our close associations with a number of interdisciplinary institutes, centers, and facilities at The University of Texas at Austin, including the Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology, the Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology, the LaMontagne Center for Infectious Disease, the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, and the Genome Sequencing and Analysis Facility. These intellectual and technological drivers further provide bridges between the faculty and broader clinical and commercial communities, enhance the productivity of the faculty, and enliven our educational and outreach efforts.
Our large faculty work in diverse areas, including: Biochemistry and Biophysics, Cell Biology, Cancer Biology, Developmental Biology and Birth Defects, Genetics and Genomics, Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Disease, Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Stem Cells and Regenerative Biology, Systems and Synthetic Biology, and CryoEM. Detailed descriptions of individual research programs can be found on the faculty pages.
Molecular biosciences also has responsibility for undergraduate teaching in several majors, including Biochemistry, Microbiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, and Medical Laboratory Science. At the graduate level, faculty participate in the Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Plant Biology Graduate Programs.