The past decade has seen dramatic developments in our ability to understand biological systems at the macromolecular and cellular levels. At the same time, Cornell has been developing new initiatives to extend its role as a leader in fields ranging from molecular biology, genetics and genomics to structural and computational biology.
To expand strength in the areas of biochemistry, structural biology, genetics, and molecular, cellular and developmental biology, a new home for the Field of Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology was created: the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, which was formed by merging the Section of Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology and the Section of Genetics and Development and adding new faculty. In cooperation with the Cornell Genomics Initiative, new faculty are being added to the department and Field, particularly in the areas of structural biology and molecular and cellular functional genomics.
The Field of BMCB is supported by a strong, well-funded faculty, modern laboratory facilities and unique campus resources such as the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source, the Cornell Theory Center, and the Cornell Institute for Biotechnology and Life Science Technologies. In addition, Cornell has a strong tradition of interdisciplinary training that provides many diverse opportunities for collaboration across the campus and a special environment for graduate students. As the impact of biology on science, technology, and the economy increases, Cornell will continue to provide new opportunities for future generations of research scientists.
Field of BMCB Graduate Student Handbook - "Blue Book"