The faculty members in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology are also members of the Education department, Cellular and Molecular Biology. They have appointments as adjunct faculty members in the Roswell Park Graduate Division of SUNY at Buffalo. The department has always placed a major emphasis on graduate education, and the presence of graduate students is an important part of the environment. Faculty participate by giving formal lectures in department courses, leading a seminar course every few semesters, and by informal teaching of their own and other graduate students in a variety of ways. These activities contribute to the breadth and depth of scientific awareness within the department.
Ph.D. students are accepted into the department each year and will spend the next 5-6 years in a department laboratory. Many faculty also have M.S. students from the Natural Sciences program who spend 2-3 semesters working in a laboratory. Summer students spend a single summer, and are given a very limited project. In many cases, they develop data that sheds light on the assigned problem and are exposed to a working laboratory that will aid in their own career choices. Many of the laboratories also have postdoctoral and visiting fellows, who bring in new insights to help solve the problems being explored in each laboratory.
The Department hosts two seminar series:
The MCB/Mouse Molecular Genetics Research Program. In the interest of fostering communication among laboratories and keeping abreast of developments in our collective areas of interest, the Department holds a joint research conference/journal club each Tuesday at 2:00 pm. At these meetings, students, postdoctoral fellows, and lab heads present, in turn, ongoing research projects or collected papers of topical interest.
Molecular and Developmental Genetics Seminar Series. The Department sponsors this seminar series on Thursdays at noon, to which speakers from throughout the USA and abroad speak on topics of interest to the department as a whole. A major emphasis over the course of the past year has been to bring in speakers working in the general area of development and molecular genetics, including non-mammalian systems.