Molecular and Evolutionary Systems Biology

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Molecular and Evolutionary Systems Biology (MESB) is a coherently designed doctoral program that promotes interdisciplinary research, deep knowledge in specific disciplines, and technical, professional, and personal skills needed by 21st century Ph.D. scientists and educators.  MESB provides innovative graduate education and training across the range of disciplines that span molecular and cellular biology, bioinformatics, genetics and genomics, microbiology, molecular evolution and ecology, and structural biology.

The MESB program offers the following features:

  • It is intentionally interdisciplinary, requiring co-mentorship across traditional disciplines,
  • Program faculty mentors are nationally and internationally experts in their research areas,
  • We offer an innovative graduate curriculum that emphasizes ethical, legal and social implications of bioscience research (ELSI), scientific communication, genome-based scientific inquiry, bioinformatics, and expertise in contemporary instrumentation,
  • Graduate students in MESB are encouraged to develop competencies and skills that span and integrate molecular to evolutionary biology.