Cancel Forgot Password?

Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry Division of Biology and Medicine Brown University

  • Providence, RI
  • Private
  • Urban
  • Not Reported
    student ratio
  • Not Reported
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 2
    fall application deadline
  • Not Reported
    acceptance rate
  • 2 Degrees
    degrees/awards offered


The Graduate MCB Program Is a Powerful Multidisciplinary Challenge, Requiring the Highest Level of Student Commitment

Started in 1976, the Brown University Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry (MCB) is a basic science department in the Brown University Division of Biology and Medicine with broad core areas of scholarship ranging from biochemistry and developmental biology to genetics and cell biology.

MCB was organized to bring together faculty to explore both conceptual and experimental routes of investigation in the fields of experimental and computational biology. Courses range from the foundational to highly specialized levels, taught by 28 primary faculty members whose research programs span the widest possible spectrum of model systems, biological inquiries, and methodological approaches. There are 59 program trainers from 11 departments, and this provides a very interdisciplinary environment for study. Admission to the MCB graduate program is for students pursuing the Ph.D. degree.

The MCB graduate program has held a pre-doctoral training grant from NIH for more than 30 years, which helps to provide students solid research training tailored to their unique interests--from embryonic and neuronal development, reproduction, and genetics of behavior all the way to neurodegeneration and aging. The biological mechanisms under investigation include DNA recombination, replication and transcription, protein translation, RNA processing and transport, vesicular transport, protein folding and turnover, and various aspects of molecular signaling. Model systems begin with prokaryotic, moving through plants and several metazoan species to mammals, including man. Along with such leading-edge technologies as proteomics, genomics, X-ray crystallography, and mouse transgenics, classical biochemical and genetic approaches are employed.

Entering graduate students may choose from three curricular tracks, one of which, the MCB track, offers advanced training in cell, developmental, molecular biology, and biochemistry. The alternative FCG track provides similarly advanced training in genomics, genetics and systems biology. The third curricular track is in the molecular biology of aging.

Full MCB Financial Support Comes in the Form of Fellowships, Teaching Assistant Stipends, and Funding from Other Sources

Graduate students working toward a Ph.D. are typically enrolled in the MCB program with a promise of financial support assuming their research and academic studies progress satisfactorily. While students in the MCB program receive a full year of support with division fellowships, some exceptional students may receive university or dean's fellowships for the first year. During the second year, students usually receive stipends for one semester by working as teaching assistants.

In the second or third years, and occasionally in the first, students with exceptional promise that are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may receive appointments as USPHS (U.S. Public Health Service) trainees from the MCB executive committee. Faculty members accepting graduate students into their laboratories under the MCB program are expected to provide year-round support for students who have met the minimum teaching requirement (and are not receiving other forms of support). Support includes stipends for the academic year and the summer, tuition credit or registration fee each semester, as appropriate, annual health insurance, and payment of the health services fee during the academic year.

An Historic East Coast University, Brown Helps Students Design and Accomplish Their Own, Specialized Educational Plans

An historic and storied East Coast institution, Brown University in Providence, RI, is comprised of three schools, the undergraduate college, the graduate school, and the medical school. Students in the various programs represent all 50 states and scores of foreign countries. Brown is highly selective, with recent years seeing more than 30,000 applicants applying for 1,450 places in the freshman class, with admissions done via a "need-blind" policy.

Brown's 3 schools have approximately 100 programs of study available. The university operates in a collaborative, university-college manner where faculty members are committed to teaching as well as rigorous research. The curricula of all programs require students to design and accomplish their own, specialized educational plans. They are assisted in their efforts by some 630 faculty members, the largest number in the university's history, which makes for a low student-faculty ratio of 9 to 1.

There are approximately 2,000 students in the graduate school and 410 in the medical school. Through its graduate school, Brown University awards the advanced degrees of Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Medical Science, Master of Public Affairs, Master of Public Health, Master of Public Policy, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy.

Every graduate program has its own standards of quality and attainment, and the "mere mechanical fulfillment" of program requirements will not earn an advanced degree in any program.

From the Campus to Providence, from Rhode Island to New England, There Are Ways to Balance the Scholastic Life

Campus life is varied and balanced, as students manage and participate in more than 300 organizations at Brown. Students also have the opportunity to join one of Brown's 37 varsity athletic teams and can compete at the intramural and club levels, as well. With a library system containing over 6,000,000 items--periodicals, bound volumes, sheet music, maps, and manuscripts--and other resources like several hundred personal workstations, computers, and terminals distributed across the campus, the scholastic life is focused and supported at every turn.

There is balance, however. The campus--composed of some 240 buildings and situated on a 143-acre parcel in Providence, Rhode Island's capital--is minutes from a vast array of commercial, cultural, recreational, and artistic offerings. There is dining, nightlife, and many healthy diversions, while the many and varied areas of the New England region are a short drive, bus trip, or train ride away.

Other gems of the East Coast, such as New York and Boston, are close enough for day excursions or extended weekends, and the entire range of seasonal recreation activities--boating and swimming in spring and summer, hiking and camping during summer and fall, skiing and snow sports in the winter--are within easy reach.

Location & Contact

Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry

Division of Biology and Medicine
Brown University

One Prospect Street
Providence, RI 02912
United States

Dr. Kimberly Mowry


Phone: 401-863-3636

Request More Info

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Molecular Biology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $70
    • Application Fee - International $70
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 2nd Not Reported Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, GRE Subject Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, GRE Subject Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJanuary 2
    • Types of financial support availableInstitutionally-sponsored Loans, Traineeships


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchMolecular genetics, gene regulation
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported



Advanced Search Options

Search your needs below, and view information about the schools that meet those needs by clicking "Search."
Step 1: Select Subject Area(s)
Step 2: Select Program(s) that Interest You
Complete step 1 before selcting a major
Step 3: Select Location
Complete step 1 and 2 before selecting a location
Step 4: Select Degree Level

Forgot Your Password?

To reset your password, simply enter your email address in the field below and click the Reset Password button. You will receive an email with a link and instructions to reset your password.

Check your email.

Please check your email and click on the link provided in the message to reset your password.