The Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology currently has 28 full-time tenured/ tenure-track faculty members and an outstanding, energetic research program directed toward understanding the molecular basis of life by integrating molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, and genetics. The research in MCDB is currently supported by annual funding of almost $17 million.
A congenial, cooperative atmosphere promotes interaction between laboratories and other departments on campus. Informal Friday afternoon research seminars, weekly inter-research group meetings, and journal clubs that cover genetics, molecular biology, developmental biology, and cell biology provide additional formats for interaction.
The department has an active weekly seminar series, many additional special seminars, and a joint biotechnology seminar program with the Division of Biochemistry (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry) and the Department of Chemical Engineering. Nearby scientific meetings at Keystone and Copper Mountain on many topics in biology attract a large number of visitors to the department. Other scientific visitors come to Boulder to use the 3D Microscopy lab, to visit and speak at biotechnology companies in the area, and to spend their sabbaticals in MCDB.