The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Cornell University engages in cutting-edge, collaborative research both to understand fundamental principles of biology and to apply biological knowledge to critical medical, agricultural, and environmental problems. The faculty’s expertise in linking genomes to gene and protein function in the context of cells, tissues, organisms, and the environment results in a unique integration of analyses at multiple scales and across interdisciplinary groups throughout the Cornell campuses.
Molecular Biology and Genetics faculty laboratories are housed in the department’s state-of-the-art facilities. World class faculty use new and exciting approaches to study topics ranging from the genetics of mitosis and membrane trafficking, to transcriptional regulation and genome stability, to the development of organisms, to structural biology and physical studies of single molecules.
Molecular Biology and Genetics faculty play key leadership roles in several University-wide research groups, including the Cornell Center for Comparative and Population Genomics, the Center for Vertebrate Genomics, and the Cornell DNA Replication, Repair, and Recombination Group.