Penn State University

Molecular Cellular and Integrative Biosciences

An interdisciplinary graduate program encompassing: Cell and Developmental Biology, Immunology and Infectious Disease, Molecular and Evolutionary Genetics, Molecular Medicine, Molecular Toxicology, Neurobiology

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.

Students in discussion around a table

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...MCIBS student after thesis defense


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.