UW Graduate School

Molecular and Cellular Biology

Recognizing the need for highly trained scientists conversant across disciplines, the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch) offer an interdisciplinary research program, the Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Program (MCB). For 25 years, MCB has combined the strengths of UW and Fred Hutch to foster an innovative and flexible graduate training program. Joined by the Benaroya Research Institute (BRI), Seattle Children’s and Pacific Northwest Research Institute (PNRI), MCB offers a broad range of opportunities for research in all areas of biomedical science.

Program website

Degree(s)/Certificate(s) offered

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Molecular and Cellular Biology)
  • Master of Science (Molecular and Cellular Biology)*

*Students are admitted to the Ph.D. program only.

Program director/interdisciplinary group chair

  • Celeste Berg, Professor, Department of Genome Sciences (interim MCB co-chair)
  • Nina Salama, Affiliate Professor, Department of Microbiology

Primary Staff Contact

  • Denise Barnes, Director of Program Operations, Molecular and Cellular Biology Program

Interdisciplinary Faculty Group Membership

The following are the core/voting Graduate Faculty members of the interdisciplinary group. For a complete list of faculty active in the program, see the program website.

  • John Aitchison, Affiliate Professor, Department of Biochemistry
  • Geoffrey Baird, Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
  • Sandra Bajjalieh, Professor, Department of Pharmacology
  • Celeste Berg, Professor, Department of Genome Sciences
  • Olivia Bermingham-McDonough, Professor, Department of Biological Structure
  • Mark Bothwell, Professor, Department of Physiology & Biophysics
  • Lee Ann Campbell, Professor, Department of Global Health
  • Daniel Campbell, Affiliate Professor, Department of Immunology
  • Michael Emerman, Affiliate Professor, Department of Microbiology
  • Stanley Fields, Professor, Department of Genome Sciences and Department of Medical Genetics
  • Rich Gardner, Professor, Department of Pharmacology
  • Joan Goverman, Professor, Department of Immunology
  • Suzanne Hoppins, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry
  • Takato Imaizumi, Professor, Department of Biology
  • Rick McLaughlin, Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Genome Sciences
  • Samuel Miller, Professor, Department of Microbiology
  • Julie Overbaugh, Affiliate Professor, Department of Microbiology
  • David Raible, Professor, Department of Biological Structure
  • Nina Salama, Affiliate Professor, Department of Microbiology
  • Stephen Tapscott, Professor, Department of Neurology
  • Toshio Tsukiyama, Affiliate Professor, Department of Biochemistry