Giving Online to the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Our alumni and friends provide essential support for the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology's research and teaching missions.

MCDB is dedicated to excellence in biomedical and basic research and provides undergraduates and graduate students with a comprehensive scientific learning experience.  MCDB researchers investigate molecular disease mechanisms, diagnostic approaches and biomarkers, pharmacological interventions and novel drug design, and therapies including stem-cell therapy.  Diseases that are being investigated in MCDB labs include various forms of cancer, Alzheimer's disease, macular degeneration, viral and bacterial infectious diseases, kidney diseases, addiction, immunological diseases, and diabetes.

Our 25 research groups with their professors, scientists, postgraduate researchers, graduate and undergraduate researchers are currently supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense and other funding sources.  The costs of performing biomedical research are exceedingly high and private, philanthropic support by generous members of the local and international community, including national or international foundations and corporations, will continue to be crucial to the achievement of our goals.

The 60+ students in our graduate program, and more than 200 undergraduates in the teaching programs of Pharmacology, Cell and Developmental Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Microbiology, as well as approximately 2500 biology students in the introductory labs and lectures benefits from annual unrestricted support and major gifts designated for special purposes.  Your support will help to provide the necessary funds to support the students, education programs and teaching facilities in the department.

In short:  your generosity plays a critical role in our ability to fulfill our mission and is not only deeply appreciated but also greatly needed.

Please make your annual gift to MCDB today - every dollar makes a difference.

For more information about supporting the MCDB, please contact Beth Ptalis Hough at or 805-893-5198.

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