Academic Mission

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MCBS Mission Statement

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The mission of the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences is to provide an education based on research and scientific information, intended to meet the needs of those interested in the biomedical and molecular/cellular life sciences by:

  • Equipping undergraduate and graduate students with a profession-ready education in the areas of nutrition, biomedical science, genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology
  • Conducting research to expand our knowledge of the basic and applied aspects of molecular/cellular life sciences and biomedicine
  • Providing a molecular/cellular/biomedical perspective to biologically-important issues at the state, national, and international level, and 
  • Engaging with partners and external constituents to apply the results of our efforts in real-world situations.

Goals and Objectives:

Offer forward-looking, top-quality educational programs in the areas of biomedical science, genetics, nutrition, biochemistry, and molecular and cellular biology.

  • Identify areas of current strength and future potential growth, and implement curriculum design to advance the appropriate undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Develop pedagogy based on competency-based, inquiry-driven, and active-learning principles that incorporate assessments of teaching effectiveness, student outcomes, and career readiness
  • Hire new faculty and professional staff to elevate the quality of our academic programs
  • Increase opportunities for experiential learning through inquiry-based teaching lab experiences, independent research, internships, community engagement, and international study/experiences

Heighten the quality of research activity in the department and improve the climate for graduate education.

  • Identify research areas of strength and future growth to invest resources of new faculty hires, graduate students, core facilities, and infrastructure enhancements
    • Recruit and hire a cluster of new faculty in the area of genomics to bring essential expertise in statistical genetics, bioinformatics, functional genomics and phylogenetic analysis
    • Recruit and hire appropriate faculty replacements to maintain strengths in current areas of expertise.
  • Provide tools and incentives for faculty to successfully obtain external funding that supports graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professional staff
  • Encourage collaborations among faculty in different disciplines, inter-disciplinary graduate programs, and multi-investigator grants

Forge new collaborations between the department’s current areas of expertise and emerging needs for instruction, research, and engagement in the areas of agriculture and food systems.

  • Promote the “One Health Initiative” to enhance biomedical collaborations between scientific-health related disciplines (e.g. veterinary and medical sciences) on campus and to elevate their relevance to solving local and global problems
  • Create new linkages between the current research strengths in MCBS and the mission of the NH Agricultural Experiment Station, especially in the area of food systems and genome-based approaches to nutritional science

 Initiate and strengthen partnerships with external constituents.

  • Develop relationships with state, federal, and international agencies to provide research-based knowledge and enhance competitiveness for grants and contracts
  • Create strong ties with regional biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies to enhance student internships and career placement as well as research collaborations
  • Strengthen existing—and create new—relationships with other educational institutions (e.g., elementary and secondary schools, community colleges, veterinary and health professional schools).
  • Identify opportunities for intellectual property development evolving from research activities.