Molecular Biology and Genetics-Department of Biological Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

Doctoral-level Training in Molecular Biology and Genetics

Several groups in the Department of Biological Sciences study the structure and expression of genes. Many faculty also use genetics and molecular biology as primary tools to investigate a wide variety of biological processes, including intracellular trafficking of proteins, cell death, tissue morphogenesis, tumorigenesis, cell signaling, transcriptional network and ribosome assembly. Emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary approaches, including developing new techniques in microscopy, NMR, X-ray crystallography, genomics, proteomics and mass spectrometry. Carnegie Mellon groups meet regularly with other research groups in Pittsburgh who are interested in prokaryotic biology, RNA biology or yeast genetics.

Organizations for Molecular Biology and Genetics

Pittsburgh RNA Community
There is a diverse and interactive community of scientists in Pittsburgh studying RNA structure, processing and function. These nine lab groups, listed below, meet together once each month. Students and postdoctoral fellows present recent research results or solicit feedback about ideas for new experiments. Each year the Pittsburgh RNA community hosts a series of outside speakers. Please contact Karen Arndt at or Jeff Brodsky at for more information.

Pittsburgh Yeast Community
The community of scientists in Pittsburgh who study the baker's yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae has diverse but complementary interests including transcription, RNA processing, and membrane trafficking. The group interacts with each other in many productive collaborations, meets together once a month where students and postdocs discuss recent research progress, and frequently share reagents and ideas. Please contact John Woolford or Javier López for more information.