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Welcome to the Department of Molecular & Cellular Biosciences!

About the Department

The Department of Molecular & Cellular Biosciences at Rowan University brings together multidisciplinary faculty with the mission to provide diverse training in computational skills, life sciences, and physical sciences.  The innovative curriculum is designed to prepare students with practical knowledge and skills to tackle biomedical challenges in both the fast-growing health care workforce and in preparation for post-graduate studies. Our three major programs, Bioinformatics, Translational Biomedical Sciences, and Molecular & Cellular Biology, afford hands-on training for students to pursue careers in medical, biomedical and research-related fields.

*For all three majors, the MCB department offers a five-year, combined advanced degree program as well as an MS in Bioinformatics.


Molecular & Cellular Biosciences offers a wide range of interdisciplinary research projects that are both accessible and impactful to student researchers. Students in our program receive hands-on training with skilled faculty members throughout the course of their degree program.  Examples of our innovative research program include:

  • Novel cancer therapeutics
  • Investigation of infectious diseases
  • Development of pharmaceuticals
  • Synthesis, characterization, and application of biomaterials
  • Investigation the 3-D structure of organic and bio-organic compounds
  • Characterizing the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases
  • Molecular identification of Epigenetic mechanisms

*All programs include hands-on, faculty-mentored research projects throughout the degree timeline.

 Top-Tier Facilities

MCB is located in Science Hall, along with the other biological and physical sciences. MCB also enjoys close ties with Rowan’s two medical schools, CMSRU and SOM. MCB faculty share research space and instrumentation at both medical schools. These facilities provide students with practical experience using cutting-edge instruments and gaining knowledge of complex methodology. Examples of student skills training include:

  • Computational and statistical mining of large biological datasets
  • Mammalian cell culture techniques and applications
  • Advanced molecular imaging and quantification
  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis of compounds, drugs, and nanomaterials
  • Elucidating structure/function relationships of biomaterials
  • In vitro and in vivo pre-clinical studies

 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences is actively recruiting Rowan undergraduate students to complete summer research internships with faculty from our department. During these internships, the students will engage in a 10-week full-time research program and will each receive a stipend of $3750. The 10-week summer program will run between May and August, and the fellows may have the opportunity to continue the research during the academic year.  For more information and to complete the application, please find the link below.

SURP Application Link