Department of Cell Biology & Neuroscience

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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 ensure 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 website and please feel free to contact any of our faculty personally.


The Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience is pleased to announce the formation of the new Center for Mental Health Research and Recovery (CMHRR) which was recently approved by the Board of Regents. This center emerged as a collaboration between our department and MSU with the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) and its goal is to develop novel neurotechnologies for the diagnosis and treatment of serious mental illness. Please see our website for more information:  www.montana.edu/cmhrr/.