Princeton University Molecular Biology

About Princeton University Molecular Biology

The Department of Molecular Biology is the core of the life sciences at Princeton. We are a world-class faculty with diverse research interests spanning molecular, cell, and systems biology, and we study organisms ranging from viruses, bacteria and yeast to worms, flies, fish, mice, and humans. Many of our faculty have joint appointments in the Departments of Chemistry(link is external), Ecology and Evolutionary Biology(link is external), Engineering(link is external), Physics(link is external), and the Lewis Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics (link is external)or the Princeton Neuroscience Institute(link is external). All of us, as well as faculty from these sister departments and institutes, participate in our undergraduate and graduate programs. The uncommon level of inter-disciplinary interactions provides an exceptional environment for learning and research.

Members of the Department have expertise in genomics, proteomics, cancer biology, developmental biology, neurobiology, and microbiology, for example. We have programs in global health, molecular biology, neuroscience, and quantitative biology. Faculty members have won numerous prestigious awards (including the Nobel Prize and the Macarthur Genius award), and at least 10 are members of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Many faculty lead their disciplines by serving as presidents or officers of societies. They serve on journal editorial boards, NIH study sections, scientific advisory boards, and boards of foundations and companies.

Our undergraduate and graduate curricula are based on the principle of providing the fundamental knowledge needed to be fluent and competitive in the new, rapidly unfolding arenas of biology. We believe in learning by doing. We have made multi-million dollar investments in teaching and research technologies to provide our students with the world’s best facilities coupled with an atmosphere filled with enthusiasm for science and learning. Our expectation is that students who graduate from the Princeton Molecular Biology Department will be world’s next generation of leading academicians, physicians, health industry professionals, entrepreneurs, lawyers, non-profit leaders, teachers, and public servants.

This Departmental web site provides in-depth information about us. It highlights each faculty member and his or her laboratory, our teaching philosophy and the courses we offer, our research and technology support groups, and our administrative staff. The Department of Molecular Biology provides an exceptional educational and research environment for talented individuals who dream of uncovering new frontiers in biology.


Applications Programmer

June 2019 - August 2019 Nové Hrady, South Bohemia Region
“I was able to gain programming experience through developing GUI applications with Python. I was also able to travel, visiting Budapest, Vienna, and Prague during my time in Europe.”

Biology Research Intern

June 2019 - August 2019 Princeton, NJ
“I liked the graduate faculty and student culture - it was very casual and encouraging. Everyone was friendly, excited about science, and was more than happy to answer my questions and help me develop my research, networking, and presenting skills. I was given a straightforward project that was simple enough for me to produce a lot of meaningful data that could get put towards a publication. ”
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