Molecular & Cell Biology Graduate Program

Tharun Sundaresan, Ph.D.
Director of MCB Graduate Program
Phone: (301) 295-9324

Rachel Cox, Ph.D.
Director of MCB Recruitment & Admissions
Phone: (301) 295-9791

Frank Shewmaker, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of MCB Recruitment & Admissions
Phone: (301) 295-3527

Tina Finley
Administrative Officer, MCB Graduate Program
Phone (301) 295-3642
FAX (301) 295-1996


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Faculty & Students


The Molecular and Cell Biology Program at USUHS has over forty investigators in whose laboratories students can elect to perform their dissertation research. The young and enthusiastic faculty provide a stimulating atmosphere for the development of future biomedical researchers. They are well-funded, and are the recipients of numerous peer-reviewed grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and other public and private funding agencies. Although USUHS is a federally-funded institution, our faculty compete for grants on the national level with the faculty of other institutions.

USU faculty publish extensively in highly regarded peer-reviewed journals. Research from USUHS labs can be found in many of the world's most respected journals. Examples can be found by following the "hot-links" on the individual faculty pages. Enrollment at USU provides students with the opportunity to choose from a broad range of research interests including biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, virology, molecular genetics, and pharmacology.

Student Life

Students come to the MCB program with diverse backgrounds. Most have majored in biology, chemistry or biochemistry. All applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination.  Students are encouraged to work to their fullest potential. MCB graduates have obtained postdoctoral positions in highly regarded academic and private sector laboratories. In addition, they have the opportunity to work in various scientific administrative and regulatory positions. Students are encouraged to present their work at seminars within the University, and at national and international meetings. All students are expected to publish their results in peer-reviewed journals.