Penn State University

Molecular Cellular and Integrative Biosciences

A campus-wide, interdisciplinary life sciences graduate program at Penn State that aims to integrate the small scale into the big picture


Program mission

The Molecular Cellular and Integrative Biosciences (MCIBS) Graduate Program aims to provide a rigorous and in-depth training across a wide range of fields in the biological sciences. Student and faculty in the program work to understand normal and disease processes at the molecular, cellular and organismal level.


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Quick MCIBS overview

Students accepted in to the program perform three rotations their first semester. Rotation labs can be chosen from across departments. At the end of the first semester students choose their thesis lab and one of the program emphasis areas, which are Cell and Developmental BiologyMolecular and Evolutionary GeneticsImmunology and Infectious DiseaseMolecular Medicine, Molecular Toxicology and Neurobiology.


Read more about the program...


For an overview of life sciences graduate programs at Penn State go here.


If you are interested in the Bioinformatics and Genomics Option within MCIBS, please go to the BG site.