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.



Department of Cell Biology & Neuroscience


Dr. Frances Lefcort's lab, including two MSU Dept. of CBN majors, Lindsey Wolfe and Julian Thorne, just published a paper in one the nation's leading science journals, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The study identified the key steps that malfunction in the developing nervous system in a mouse model for the human disorder, Familial Dysautonomia. The work was funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Dysautonomia Foundation.



Connor Murnion, an MSU Junior and major in our department was nominated by MSU as one of our finalists for the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship.
Goldwater Scholarships are the country's premier scholarship for undergraduates studying math, natural sciences and engineering. Connor is conducting research in the lab of Dr. Frances Lefcort, on the central nervous system of a mouse model for the human neurological disorder, Familial Dysautonomia.







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

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.