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Message From The Chair

Celia Schiffer, Chair



I am delighted to welcome you to the Department of Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology (MCCB) at UMass Chan Medical School. MCCB was formed in 2015 from the merger of the Department of Cancer Biology and the Program in Gene Function and Expression, and therefore has two research missions: (1) to continue to build a strong cancer biology program, and (2) to continue to build a broadly-defined eukaryotic genetics program and other areas of biomedical research that are of strategic interest to MCCB and UMass Chan.

Our multi-disciplinary research program is led by an outstanding group of investigators who are making high-impact contributions in their fields. Our group is highly collegial and collaborative and has formed productive partnerships within the department, with other departments and programs at UMass Chan, and with other labs nationwide. Our research program is facilitated by state-of-the-art facilities and resources, including an in-house Bioinformatics Core that provides high-level bioinformatics and biostatistics support to researchers in the department. In addition, we are very fortunate to have an exceptional group of administrative and operational staff who enable our research program to function at its highest level.

The diverse scientific environment makes MCCB a robust training ground for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and the strength of our educational activities is evidenced by the success and accomplishments of our trainees.

I invite you to explore the MCCB website to learn more about our outstanding research and education activities, as well as our commitment to fostering a diverse, inclusive and supportive environment. In particular, I encourage you to view our MCCB Alumni Profiles to hear from former students, postdocs and researchers about their experiences in MCCB and what makes our department a dynamic training and working environment.

Michael R. Green, MD, PhD
Chair & Professor, Department of Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology