Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology

Department of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology (MCSB)

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Research in the Department of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology uses multidisciplinary approaches to understanding basic cellular processes in various tissues, including the nervous system, as well as more integrative levels of analysis, including behavior. Areas of research represented in the department include the following:

  • Biophysical properties of excitable membranes
  • DNA repair
  • Transcriptional regulation
  • Mechanisms of toxicity
  • Insect development
  • Membrane transport
  • Mechanisms of mitotic chromosome transmission
  • Telomere maintenance
  • Synaptic structure and function
  • Changes in nervous system with experience
  • Interactions of nervous and endocrine systems
  • Reproductive biology and fertilization
  • Chemokine function in wound healing and tumor development
  • Glia-neuron signaling
  • Brainstem and spinal cord control of locomotion
  • Epigenetics
  • Chromatin structure
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Molecular Parasitology
  • Functional Genomics
  • Systems Biology

Undergraduate Curriculum

Students interested in cell, molecular, and developmental biology can obtain training through the interdepartmental Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology major leading to the B.S. degree. Students interested in neuroscience can obtain training in behavioral neuroscience, neurobiology, and neurochemistry through the Neuroscience major leading to the B.A. or B.S. degree. The Neuroscience major is an intercollege major offered by the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.

Graduate Curriculum

Courses and research opportunities are offered by the interdepartmental graduate programs in the following fields:

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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Department Information

Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology
2111 Biological Sciences Bldg.

Manuela Martins-Green: Chair of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology
Tel: (951) 827-2831
Fax: (951) 827-3087
E-mail: manuela.martins@ucr.edu