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Biological Chemistry and Molecular Biophysics

Research in this group focuses on the molecular mechanisms driving biological processes from individual molecular folding to signaling pathways within cells. Emphasis is on the structural, chemical and physical properties of biomolecules, their assembly and their function in elaborate, interlocking networks.

Biological Chemistry and Molecular Biophysics Research Cluster in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Program at UMass AmherstMacromolecular Structure
Molecular Basis of Disease
Biomolecular Interactions
Signal Transduction

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Cellular and Developmental Biology

Research in this group focuses on the molecular processes underlying cellular function and embryonic development, including how disease disrupts these processes. A variety of genetically tractable model systems are employed, including yeast, C. elegans, Drosophila, maize, Arabidopsis, Xenopus, zebrafish, and rodents. Research clusters include:

Cellular and Developmental Biology Research Cluster in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Program at UMass AmherstCell Structure, Dynamics, and Function
Developmental Biology: Cell-Cell Signaling
Cell Death
Developmental Biology: Nervous System Development
Microbiology / Host-Microbe Interactions

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Biomedicine

Researchers in this cluster use a variety of research tools and models, including in vitro cellular systems, primary cultures of tissues and stem cells, transplantation, genetically modified animals, and human specimens.

Biomedicine Research Cluster in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Program at UMass AmherstReproduction
Cancer and Apoptosis
Immunology
Neuroendocrinology
Environmental Toxicology
Stem Cells
Obesity and Diabetes

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