Departmental Overview Molecular Biology & Biochemistry faculty have over $20 million in
research awards from various agencies including NASA and NIH.
There are over 120 students in the joint Ph.D. program and over
30 students in the M.S. in Biotechnology program.
Research and Faculty The research interests of faculty in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry include structure and synthesis of nucleic acids and proteins, regulation, virology, biochemical genetics, gene organization, cell and developmental biology, molecular genetics, biomedical genetics and immunology.More >
The Department offers graduate study in conjunction with the program in Cellular and Molecular BioSciences. Students admitted into the combined program who select a research advisor in the Department begin following the departmental requirements for the Ph.D. at the beginning of their third year. More >
There are two areas of undergraduate degrees. An undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and also Microbiology & Immunology. The program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology applies modern molecular science to biological questions and provides rigorous training necessary in today's graduate and professional programs. More >
Research at the University of California, Irvine utilizes state-of-the-art approaches to recombinant DNA technology, gene transfer methodologies, chromosome analysis, microscopy, electrophysiology, and biochemical isolation and analysis of proteins and nucleic acids. Facilities are available for analysis of biological samples, including facilities for electron microscopy, confocal microscopy, flow cytometry and histology.
Facilities for cell-oriented studies include monoclonal antibody production and transgenic mouse facilities. Manipulation of cells is central to many research programs and includes such techniques as microinjection and patch clamping for neurophysiology and laser manipulation for cytogenics. Material for biochemical studies are prepared with the use of a large-scale fermentor. Structural research on campus employs x-ray crystallography, mass spectrometry, and DNA and protein sequence analysis. There are also facilities for atomic force microscopy and NMR. Campus laboratories are linked to one another and to researchers around the world by computer networks. Supercomputers and SUN-UNIX workstations on campus are used for data analysis and molecular modeling.