Molecular & Cellular Biology Program Office
University of Iowa — 357 MRC
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-7748
Fax: 319-335-7656

Program Director: Frederick Domann, Ph.D.

Program Administrator: Paulette Villhauer

Program Associate: Joshua Lobb

The 2015 MSTP / MCB class presented their first rotation talks on February 4th. Good  work Marcus, Sunny, and Rebecca (left to right).


Lucas Bon Durant (Potthoff lab) has won first place in the Inaugural Pappajohn Biomedical Institute for Paper of the Year competition for his manuscript entitled “FGF21 Mediates Endocrine Control of Simple Sugar Intake and Sweet Taste Preference by the Liver.”  Congratulations Lucas! Read more...


The 2015 class presented their first rotation talks on December 3rd.  Nice work Colten, Chandler, Brandon, Sharon, and Maureen (right to left).


David Kusner presented his MS seminar on November 10, 2015 "Targeting ROR1 in Triple Negative Breast Cancer".  David completed his research work in Dr. Weizhou Zhang's laboratory.  Congratulations David!


Pamela Geyer, Professor of Biochemistry, was elected as a Fellow to the AAAS.  The honor recognizes members for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Congratulations Pam!  For more information...



Brief History of the Molecular & Cellular Biology Program

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology is one of the first cross-departmental graduate programs at The University of Iowa. It was founded by John Menninger in 1974, and funded by a National Research Service Award Training Program in Cellular and Molecular Biology from 1975-1992. This initial Program did not admit students or grant degrees. Instead, after their first year of graduate study, students from various departments were chosen and awarded stipends based on merit. Similarly to today, the students and faculty met for a weekly seminar, designed to inform trainees about the variety of research that was of interest to cell and molecular biologists, to give trainees practice in presenting their research to a critical audience, and to provide a social connection for trainees who were working in various departments. In 1992, the Molecular Biology Graduate Program was formalized into a degree-granting PhD program, and in 2005, the program came full circle with a name change and a new NIH training grant in Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Today, the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology still fosters the interdisciplinary efforts of a diverse group of investigators—both faculty and students—with common interests in molecular and cellular biology. Currently the program faculty represent the departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Internal Medicine, Microbiology, Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Pharmacology, Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science, and Radiation Oncology. The program actively recruits new students with diverse research interests.