The Section of Integrative Biology is an academic unit whose faculty have teaching and research interests in Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, Population Biology, and Systematics. The section is one of four that comprises the School of Biological Sciences and it includes 40 faculty who work on a wide diversity of organisms including animals, bacteria, and plants.
Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology
MCDB faculty head research groups studying fundamental biological processes using modern tools of genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, and developmental biology. Among the systems being studied are control of plant growth and development by gravity and light, the molecular basis of cytokinesis in Dictyostelium and Drosophila, vertebrate gastrulation and neural tube closure, light signal transduction in plants, the evolution of developmental mechanisms, and regulation of membrane traffic in eukaryotic cells.
Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Research in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology (MGM) addresses basic biological questions using microbial cells, eukaryotic model systems, and molecular biology and biochemical techniques. The Section includes over 25 research laboratories and is chaired by Professor Robert Krug. MGM is one of four component sections of the School of Biological Sciences and offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Microbiology. Doctoral degrees are offered through the Microbiology and Cellular and Molecular Biology graduate programs.
The academic environment at The University of Texas at Austin has facilitated much multidisciplinary research directed towards understanding the brain and nervous system. These efforts will grow and multiply in the future as promising lines of enquiry require interactive expertise in biological, behavioral, physical, mathematical, and computational science and engineering. With its strength in all of these areas, UT Austin is well equipped to be able to lead the neuroscience of the future.