Photo of Golgi outposts illuminated in the dendrites of a sensory neuron illustrate the polarized distribution of the secretory system in neurons
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The image depicts interconnected metabolic pathways and highlights mitochondria as a central hub in cellular metabolism.
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The image is an electron tomographic reconstruction of a developing maize aleurone cell containing vacuoles with large aggregates of storage proteins (red) and intravacuolar membranes (green): mitochondria (gold), plastids (green), lipid bodies (blue) and ribosomes (white) are abundant in the cytoplasm. (Figure provided by Prof. Marisa Otegui, UW Madison)
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Spermatogenesis in the planarian /Schmditea mediterranea/. Nuclei are visualized by Hoechst staining (gray) and the mitotic marker phospho-histone H3 is visualized in red. Maximum-intensity projection of a laser-scanning confocal image series. Image by Tracy Chong (Newmark lab).
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Hematoxylin and eosin-stained section of a triple negative breast tumor
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Welcome

Welcome to the Graduate Program in Cellular and Molecular Biology (CMB) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since 1961, CMB has been pioneering graduate education in the fields of cell biology and molecular biology. We are a community of individuals from many different backgrounds, and we appreciate that a diverse student body and faculty enhance every part of our community. Currently, there are over 180 faculty trainers and 100 students in the program. For prospective students, this site provides information about the application process, the Ph.D. curriculum, and research being conducted by faculty trainers. Read more about CMB.

Upcoming Events

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Raakhee Shankar Thesis Defense

June 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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ISSCR Global Virtual Meeting

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CMB News

  • CMB trainer Paul Ahlquist on stopping the next pandemic

    After more than a year of struggling against COVID-19, vaccines have been developed and deployed in record time and we are starting to see a rational path out of the pandemic. As momentous as this …

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    CMB student Katie Mueller inducted into Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

    A huge congratulations to CMB student Katie Mueller, who was inducted into the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society for 2021! Katie’s research focuses on developing next-generation cell and gene therapies across broad applications, including …

  • CMB trainer John Yin helps develop workshops on pandemic prevention

    John Yin is part of a National Science Foundation-funded team leading workshops on predictive intelligence for pandemic prevention. The COVID-19 pandemic may still be raging on, but scientists from dozens of disciplines are already looking …

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    Student Spotlight: Alex Fister

    Hometown: Buffalo Grove, IL Year entered CMB program: 2020 Lab: Anna Huttenlocher Lab   Brief Summary of Research: Effects of bacterial infection on immune cell migration during immunodeficiency and wound healing Awards and Publications: “MicroRNA-mediated …

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    Student Spotlight: Cassie Leech

    Hometown: Middleboro, MA Year entered CMB program: 2019 Lab: John Denu Lab   Brief Summary of Research: I am currently investigating the role that SAM-synthatases (MAT2A and MAT2B) play in promoting adaptive and de novo …

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