Montana State University

Department of Cell Biology
& Neuroscience

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173148
Bozeman, MT 59717-3148

Tel: (406) 994-5120
Fax: (406) 994-7077
Location: 510 Leon Johnson Hall

Department Chair

Frances Lefcort, Ph.D.

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Department of Cell Biology & Neuroscience

Check back in the fall for AY 2014-2015 seminars.

Pannu Khin and Connor Murnion, both students in the Department of Cell Biology & Neuroscience, participated in internships at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Read more...

Connor Murnion, a junior in the Department of Cell Biology & Neuroscience, was the recipient of a 2014 Goldwater Scholarship, the the nation’s premier scholarship for undergraduates studying math, natural sciences and engineering. Read more...

Frances Lefcort, Department head and expert on the nervous system, gave a talk as part of the Provost's Distinguished Lecturer Series. Her lecture on “What studying neural development can teach us about neural disease” was part of a six-part series featuring MSU faculty who are distinguished for their scholarship and creativity. Read more...

Welcome to Dr. Renee Reijo Pera! The Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience is pleased to welcome Dr. Renee Reijo Pera, an esteemed stem cell scientist from Stanford University to our department and to MSU. Dr. Reijo Pera will not only will serve as our new Vice President for Research, but will also establish a lab here and continue her research. Read more...






The academic programs and scientific research interests in our department cover a wide range of topics, with special emphasis on cell biology, neurobiology, developmental biology, physiology, anatomy, biophysics and neuroinformatics. Together, faculty and students in our department study biological processes that span the continuum from single cells to the entire human body.

The mission of the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience is to:

  • Provide pre-professional undergraduate students with a foundation of biological knowledge that prepares them for pursuit of careers in medicine and medically-related fields, biotechnology, biological research, biology teaching, and other related professions.
  • Provide MSU undergraduates with an understanding of basic biology sufficient to insure informed participation in society.
  • Train, through our Ph.D. program, a new generation of biological scientists equipped to exploit advanced experimental and computational approaches to develop comprehensive understandings of complex biological systems.
  • Develop, through research, new knowledge in several key areas of cell biology and neuroscience.
If you are considering a career in the biological or medical sciences, please explore our web site and please feel free to contact any of our faculty personally.