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Research Areas

Faculty in the MCGD Track investigate a broad array of topics, and research projects often combine several approaches. For example, some faculty use methods in molecular and cellular biology to study development, while others combine biochemistry and genetics to investigate the molecular basis of human disease. The experimental systems used span the evolutionary spectrum, from viruses and bacteria, to unicellular eukaryotes (yeast), simple metazoan systems (Drosophila, C. elegans), plants (Arabidopsis, maize, rice), cultured vertebrate cells, and finally vertebrate model organisms, culminating with the study of human biology.