Cell and Molecular Biology

Students are able to pursue research interests utilizing molecular biological techniques. Specific faculty research interests are in three areas of (a) cellular and molecular biology and cancer metastasis, (b) human molecular genetics, anticancer agents and cell biology, and (c) analysis of connective tissue protein gene expression.


Students may train in (a) immunochemistry, (b) immunogenetics; genetic epidemiology of breast cancer, prostate cancer, and diabetes, (c) cellular immunology.


Students may train in characterization of viral pathogenesis caused by CMV, HIV, Ebola virus; viral replication, and viral genetics, including HIV and CMV immunogenetics. 

Pathogenic Microbiology

Students may pursue research in (a) medical mycology, (b) immunopathogenesis of malaria, sickle cell disease and schistosomiasis, (c) immunology of human breast milk (d) identification of antimicrobial constituents of plant extracts (e) molecular biology and medical bacteriology; gene cloning and vaccine studies, hemoglobin binding proteins and bacterial gene regulation. 

Other Research Areas

On a case by case basis, students are also allowed to pursue research interests with a resident faculty in collaboration with researchers at other educational or governmental institutions. Generally the research topic is one which falls within the four areas in the department but which may not be represented in the laboratory of a full time faculty within the department.

Research Facilities

Faculty research and departmental course laboratories are located in Numa P.G. Adams, Seeley G. Mudd, the Cancer Center and Interdisciplinary Research Buildings.