Molecular Biology and Genetics Unit

Research in MBGU uses fundamental principles and advanced approaches to increase understanding of concepts in biology as well as provide solutions applicable to healthcare and medicine. Initiated in the area of infectious diseases the Unit has expanded to several current areas of cell and molecular biology, developmental genetics and biochemistry that assimilate inputs from physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering.

Given the unique array of research areas that JNCASR has expertise in, biologists can easily traverse disciplines and have a worldwide network of collaborations.

Our research impacts understanding of and application to clinical and translational studies. Biological concepts and processes are unraveled by studying a wide variety of organisms including, viruses, yeast, protozoans, Drosophila and mouse as well as human clinical samples. Research questions include understanding biomolecules at one end of the spectrum to studying human development and disease at the other. Facilities, funding and training programs are geared to promote cross-disciplinary interactions.

With their vast experience of several decades faculty hold key administrative and advisory positions at JNCASR as well as nationally and internationally. The Unit also has made the highest impact in contributions to science in the country as evidenced by the large number of Awards and Honors bestowed on its members over the years, contributing actively to the recent excellent ranking of JNCASR as seventh in the Nature index normalized.