The Porter Bioscience building under construction.

MCDB Turns 50!

Sept. 6, 2018

A scientific A-list of more than 250 alumni and former faculty members will return to CU Boulder this weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a department credited with expanding what it means to study “biology,” putting Boulder on the map as a biotech hub and opening doors to discoveries...

Zoe Donaldson

Zoe Donaldson Awarded $1.6 Million NSF EDGE Grant

Aug. 31, 2018

MCDB Assistant Professor Zoe Donaldson has received one of 11 National Science Foundation EDGE ("Enabling Discovery through Genomic Tools") grant to support research toward "Understanding the Rules of Life." Through her pioneering studies on monogamous prairie voles, Donaldson seeks to understand the genomic and neuronal underpinnings of complex social behaviors...

E. coli (Credit: NIH)

MCDB Researchers Discover an Unexpected Upside of E. coli

Aug. 23, 2018

Best known as a pathogen that causes food poisoning or steals nutrients away from its host, the E. coli bacterium actually plays a critical role in promoting health by producing a compound that helps cells take up iron, new CU Boulder research shows. The study , published today in the...

Professor Gia Voeltz

Cellular cartographer Voeltz named HHMI investigator, granted $8 million

May 23, 2018

Flip open an intro-to-biology textbook and you’ll likely find a cartoon image of the basic cell structure, with its kidney-bean shaped, round and oblong organs – called organelles - spread out with unique roles and little contact with each other. Thanks to Gia Voeltz, that outdated image is beginning to...

Professor Norm Pace

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Norm Pace receives Honorary Doctorate of Science degree from Indiana University

May 18, 2018

Known for his ground breaking discoveries, Professor Norm Pace returned to receive an honorary degree and delivered a special seminar.

Award being given.

2018 Spring Graduation - Gordon Stone Scholarships

May 10, 2018

This year's Gordon Stone Graduate Student Scholarships went to Dalton Buysse and Daniel Ramirez Hernandez.

Zach and Lila

Luminous Yeast - Art Meets Science

March 27, 2018

MCDB graduate student Zach Wilson and ATLAS graduate student Lila Finch win second prize in Data Visualization Contest . Finch and Wilson combined the science of yeast and Japanese lanterns to build a beautiful representation of knowledge in microbiology. See their work here...

Schematic of an atomic force microscope in action.

Atomic Force Microscopy Breakthrough

Nov. 29, 2017

Tom Perkins has won a 2017 Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research. Perkins is being recognized for work described as New twists in the molecules of life . In a decade long project, Perkins developed powerful new tools to measure and study individual biomolecules.

Norman Pace

2017 Massry Prize honors Norman Pace

Aug. 9, 2017

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Norman Pace of CU Boulder’s Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB) has been awarded the 2017 Massry Prize for his microbiome research. Pace will share the award and the $200,000 honorarium with Rob Knight of the University of California San Diego and Jeffrey Gordon of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

A patient prepares to undergo radiation therapy. Credit: National Cancer Institute

Discovery could lead to fewer side effects, better results for cancer patients

July 19, 2017

More than half of cancer patients undergo radiotherapy, in which high doses of radiation are aimed at diseased tissue to kill cancer cells. But due to a phenomenon known as radiation-induced bystander effect (RIBE), in which irradiated cells leak chemical signals that can travel some distance to damage unexposed healthy...