Cell & Molecular Biology Program

Welcome to the Cell and Molecular Biology Program at Michigan State University
The Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) program is an interdepartmental Ph.D. program comprised of approximately forty graduate students and ninety faculty members.  The research programs of CMB students and faculty are quite diverse, but all members share a common interest in the mechanisms that regulate cell structure and function.  The CMB training program allows students to focus on their particular area of research while being exposed to a wide variety of topics in cell and molecular biology.


Patrick O'Connell, a fourth-year CMB doctoral student, have discovered that a particular immune receptor has the ability to tone down the body’s immune response when activated on certain white blood cells. The finding could help find new treatments for HIV patients.

Dr. Andrechek's lab has found a way to boost healthy cells during chemo. Check out the article published by MSU Today or the study published by Dr. Andrechek and his team to learn more!

Dr. Ronald Chandler, assistant professor in the College of Human Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, has received a 2017 Liz Tilberis Early Career Award and recognized for his committment to an investigative career in the field of ovarian cancer research.