The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology is recognized internationally for research in regulation of gene expression, hormone action, cancer biology, molecular genetics, and gene therapy.

Specific areas of our research focus on reproductive biology, developmental biology, neurobiology, and general translational cancer biology. Our approach is to utilize molecular biological analyses in relation to the intact cell and to organ physiology.


The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine serves as a national model for collaborative research interactions, graduate and postdoctoral training and education.

Annual budget exceeds $30 million in research funding from external sources and ranks second among U.S. medical school basic science departments (without a clinical component) in NIH funding

The Molecular and Cellular Biology department is a participant in a Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) for breast cancer, a Specialized Cooperative Centers Program in Reproduction and Infertility Research (SCCPIR), a Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center (DERC) and a multi-institutional program to compile an Atlas of Orphan Nuclear Receptors, jointly supported by four NIH Institutes.

Members of the faculty hold appointments in the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center, the Huffington Center on Aging, the Center for Reproductive Biology, and the Center for Comparative Medicine.

Molecular and Cellular Biology faculty also participate in the Center for Memory and Learning and the NCI designated Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

General Areas of Research

Research interests of the large, multidisciplinary faculty focus on the molecular basis of gene regulation and the regulation of normal and abnormal cellular differentiation and growth in many animal and transgenic mouse models.