Welcome from Dr. Weller

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Dr. Sandra WellerWelcome to the website for the Department of Molecular Biology and Biophysics (MBB) at UConn Health and thanks for visiting. The primary goal of the MBB department is to promote excellence in research and education. The MBB department is committed to providing a supportive environment and scientific community for its multidisciplinary research efforts. The MBB department bridges molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, biophysics and structural biology in the study of important biological and biomedical problems.

The MBB department was created in 2003 as a result of a merger between the Biochemistry and Microbiology Departments. Originally known as the Department of Molecular, Microbial and Structural Biology, we recently changed our name to Molecular Biology and Biophysics.

Research in MBB focuses on fundamental processes such as gene expression, cell division, DNA replication, recombination and repair, intracellular transport of macromolecules, molecular motors, protein structure, dynamics and stability, and membrane biology and biochemistry. Microbiology remains an important focus, and we are excited about cross disciplinary approaches to facilitate the development of strategies to combat disease threats posed by existing and emerging microbial pathogens. MBB researchers take advantage of strengths in genetics, cell biology, structural biology, biophysics, and biochemistry to develop novel approaches to biological problems important for the biomedical sciences.

Please visit our links to our outstanding core facilities, including the Central Electron Microsopy Facility, the Gregory P. Mullen NMR Structural Biology Facility, the X-ray Crystallography Facility and the Biophysical Core; and the UConn Program for Excellence in Structural Biology which supports inter-campus collaboration between UConn Health and Storrs campuses.

We are also committed to providing a rigorous training program to prepare our students and postdoctoral fellows with the tools they need to become productive 21st century scientists in academia, industry, education or any discipline they might choose. All MBB faculty are members of the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Graduate Program. The goals of the graduate program are to provide a broad and thorough education in molecular biology, genetics and biochemistry and to provide rigorous research training in an environment dedicated to advancing biomedical science.

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