The mission of the Department of Molecular Biology and Biophysics (MBB) at UConn Health is to promote excellence in research and education. MBB is proud and committed to providing a supportive environment and a diverse 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.
Research in MBB focuses on fundamental, essential biological processes by leveraging state-of-the art technologies and the possibilities provided by basic research laboratories located in a modern clinical/translational environment. Many of our research efforts build on basic efforts, but focus on translational outcomes, including studies in microbiology, signaling, cancer biology among many others. This puts MBB on a strong trajectory of continued growth and success.
MBB also manages outstanding core facilities that provide local and sometimes nation-wide access to state-of-the art research infrastructure that is continuously updated. This includes 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.
MBB and all affiliated faculty are also strongly 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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