Molecular and Cellular Physiology

Understanding Cell Signaling and Behavior

The Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology explores how cells communicate, interact and enable complex physiological function.  Our labs take an interdisciplinary approach, with an emphasis on quantitative and structural approaches drawn from multiple scientific disciplines, including structural biology, biophysics, cell biology, immunology and neuroscience.  By uncovering molecular and cellular processes, MCP scientists have established new paradigms in the biology of signaling and communication, such as the relationship between the structure and function of GPCRs, and the presynaptic molecular mechanisms underlying neuronal communication.   We have more than 100 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows working in our 13 faculty labs.