Choosing MCP

Come to Stanford, Home of one of the Top Ranked Biosciences Programs in the Nation*

Molecular and Cellular Physiology (MCP) is one of 14 Stanford departments participating in the Stanford Biosciences Admission Program.  This unique program provides graduate students the best of all worlds, placing them into a home program (such as MCP), while giving them access to all of the Stanford biosciences departments and more than 350 associated faculty and labs.   Under this program, you may enter the small and close-knit Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology while reserving the opportunity to rotate through labs in any of the Biosciences departments during your first year before selecting your thesis advisor and program.

Choose MCP as your Home Program...

If you share our interest in exploring how life works!

We study complex physiological processes at a detailed cellular and molecular level, looking at the specific mechanisms and structures that enable functional activity—how we think, feel, breathe.  Check out our faculty interests to see the wide variety of research the Department engages in—everything from structural biology, immune mechanisms, neuroscience and cellular biology.  Our faculty use approaches drawn from all fields of science, including biochemistry, biophysics, electrophysiology, advanced imaging, crystallography, structure, and computation.

If you want a flexible, multi-disciplinary program that's at the cutting edge of research techniques

Stanford's Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology is centered in the Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine, a modern research facility outfitted with state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment.  Our faculty have played founding roles in the creation of state-of-the-art research service centers such as the Cell Sciences Imaging Facility (CSIF). All of these facilities are housed adjacent to the Department’s labs.

If you want to work with one of Stanford's strongest scientific faculties

MCP has three Nobel Laureates and five current members of the National Academy of Sciences in our Department, and three Howard Hughes Medical Investigators.   Our faculty has won numerous awards for their research and teaching, including the 2011 and 2014 School of Medicine Teacher of the Year Award, as determined by the graduate student body

If you want to graduate with a track record of success in a timely manner

Our program is a five year program with flexiblilty.  We support our students' learning and success through lots of 1:1 mentorship, seminars and journal clubs at both the lab and department levels, and a formal graduate program oversight.   Your graduate program mentor will help you identify rotations that meet your individual interests and professional goals.  Our Department has the most flexible set of core requirements in the Stanford Biosciences program and we work with you to ensure your success each step of the way.

If you enjoy science and want to have fun

The department is known for a cooperative and collegial environment that encourages the frequent and informal communications that are so vital for gaining insight amid the fast-paced challenges of modern research. Students and postdocs participate in the department's annual scientific retreat, attended by all department members.