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 Molecular and Cellular Biology Program has graduated six terrific students this spring!  Hats off to Drs. Gwen Clay, Ernest Chivero, Chris Groen, Benjamin Steines, Wen Sun, and Chaoquen Zheng.  For more information on their dissertation seminars and research please click here.

Congratulations to Wadie Mahauad Fernandez (Okeoma lab) for the publication of his new paper: "Bone Marrow Stromal Antigen 2 (BST-2) DNA Is Demethylated in Breast Tumors and Breast Cancer Cells." 

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Congratulations to MCB students Kaylia Duncan (Cornell lab) and Emily Nguyen (Grumbach lab) for each receiving the University of Iowa Graduate College Post-Comprehensive Research Award!



Dr. Bryan Phillips, Assistant Professor of Biology, and MCB faculty member has his research featured in an IowaNow article.  Click here to read the full article about how understanding healthy cell division could have implications for cancer patients, embryos.



Congratulations to the recipients of the 2014 MCB Travel Awards!  Franklin Bright, Chris Groen, and Wadie Mahauad Fernandez each received a $500 Travel Award for the outstanding posters they presented at the 2014 MCB Retreat.  Scott Tyler received a Travel Award in recognition of his oral presentation at the retreat.  The winner of each award was determined by peers and faculty.


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.