Exploring the molecular foundations of biology and disease.


The Department of Molecular Biosciences is a new department, established in September 2013, that is composed of faculty members studying molecular, microbial, cellular, developmental, chemical, and systems biology. By spanning such a wide range of expertises and interests, the faculty are developing novel approaches to biological problems and offer unique perspectives to students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Our Department is dedicated to these core disciplines, but we are also constantly adapting to the fast-paced change that accompanies modern biological sciences. Central to this continual transformation are our close associations with a number of interdisciplinary institutes, centers, and facilities at The University of Texas at Austin, including the Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology, the Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology, the Center for Infectious Disease, the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, and the Genome Sequencing and Analysis Facility. These intellectual and technological drivers further provide bridges between the faculty and broader clinical and commercial communities, enhance the productivity of the faculty, and our enliven educational and outreach efforts.

Our large faculty work in diverse areas, including: Biochemistry and Biophysics, Cell Biology, Cancer Biology, Developmental Biology and Birth Defects, Genetics and Genomics, Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Disease, Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Stem Cells and Regenerative Biology, Systems and Synthetic Biology. Detailed descriptions of individual research programs can be found on the faculty pages.

Molecular biosciences also has responsibility for undergraduate teaching in several majors, including Biochemistry, Microbiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Public Health and Medical Laboratory Science. At the graduate level, faculty participate in the Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Plant Biology Graduate Programs.

Affiliated Graduate Programs

Cell and Molecular Biology
Plant Biology


64 faculty

1 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation research fellow
3 Burroughs Wellcome Investigators in Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease 
6 Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Awards
1 Fulbright US-UK Scholar Award
1 HHMI Early Career Scientist 
1 HHMI Investigator
3 Kavli Frontiers of Science fellows
1 National Academy of Sciences member 
1 National Institute of Medicine member
2 National Science Foundation CAREER Awards
1 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
3 Regents' Outstanding Teacher Awards

Research Areas

Biochemistry and Biophysics
Birth Defects
Cell Biology
Cancer Biology
Developmental Biology
Genetics and Genomics
Infectious Disease
Molecular Biology
Plant Biology
Stem Cells & Regenerative Biology
Systems and Synthetic Biology

Affiliated Centers & Institutes

Center for Infectious Disease (NEW for Fall 2013)
Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology

Culture Collection of Algae
Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology