The Division of Biological Sciences

Biology, as the study of living systems, reveals the fundamental principles that govern the complexity within our cells, in the diverse organisms around us, and across vast landscapes. Thus, biology also provides the insights and tools necessary to address real-world problems, from conserving rare species to understanding the mechanisms of human disease. In the Division of Biological Sciences, we are committed to fundamental research excellence, to training the next generation of scientists and leaders through innovative graduate and undergraduate programs, and to fostering biological literacy in our communities.

DBS News

UM Biochemistry Program Receives Full Accreditation from the American Socity for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


UM  Biochemistry program, which is formally jointly administered by Chemistry and DBS, recently received full accreditation by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology after a lengthy and assessment and vetting process.  Students in accredited Biochemistry programs take the ASBMB Certification Exam, and 82% of UM's students achieved certification (compared to 40% nationally). Furthermore, 27% of our students achieved certification with distinction (compared to 16.7% nationally).
These results are a good indication that UM Biochemistry students are getting rigorous, multi-dimensional scientific training that compares favorably to any similar program nationwide.  Because Biochemistry students require aptitude and extensive coursework in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics as well as Biochemistry, our students’ success on this exam also reflects very positively on the quality of these highly collaborative programs and departments.


CMMB/Neuroscience PhD Graduates & Undergraduates Publish in Molecular Biology of the Cell


Graduates from the PhD program in CMMB and Neuroscience, Lauren Foltz and Juan Palacios-Moreno, along with Neuroscience undergraduates Makenzie Mayfield, Jordan Dillon, and Jed Syrenne have published a paper in Molecular Biology of the Cell on how the scaffold protein, PAG1, controls SRC-family kinase (SFK) activity in lipid rafts. The data shows that PAG1 also influences SFK sequestration in multivesicular bodies and is required for neuronal differentiation. This paper is in pre-print, and can be read on MBoc's Website.