Molecular Biosciences

MBS Department 2023

MBS Mission Statement

“The mission of the Department of Molecular Biosciences is to perform world-class biomedical research and train future generations who are destined for professional school (medical doctors, pharmacists, physician’s assistants, nurses, physical therapists), graduate school (MS and PhD degrees) and the world of work (government, academia, private industry, non-profits). The goals of our mission are to enhance health, lengthen life, and decrease illness and disability.”

About MBS

The Department of Molecular Bioscience (MBS) is a premier department at USF undertaking biomedical research and teaching.

The department is in the Interdisciplinary Sciences (ISA) and Biosciences (BSF) buildings at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. The department is home to approximately 35 full-time faculty, over 70 graduate students and offers courses to approximately 1200 undergraduate students.

Through our strategic hires, research grant funding and publications, we pursue excellence in the following programmatic research areas:

  • Bacterial Pathogenesis
  • Genome Integrity
  • Molecular Biophysics & Systems Biology
  • Biomedical Science

Teaching. The Department of Molecular Biosciences offers curricula that lead to Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Microbiology, Master of Science degrees in Biology and Microbiology and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. These courses are designed to meet the needs of students majoring in other science disciplines, as well as non-science areas.

Uniquely, we offer biomedical research opportunities to our undergraduate and graduate students, strengthening their resumés and preparing them for their future careers.

Research. Supported by millions of dollars of external funding, our faculty and students pursue scientific knowledge through rigorous research programs. The knowledge gained through these studies is disseminated via publications, oral and poster presentations, as well as classroom activities. We view our research activities as integrated with our teaching mission so that students fully understand the challenges and methodologies within the biomedical sciences, specifically cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, and other specialized areas within these disciplines.

In addition to numerous local collaborations, nationally, the Department of Molecular Biosciences collaborates with MIT, Vanderbilt University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Emory University, NYU, Howard University, University of Minnesota, Northwestern University and the University of California San Diego.

Internationally, the Department of Molecular Biosciences collaborates with world class institutions such as the Sanger Institute (Cambridge), Imperial College (London), Chung Shan Medical University (Taiwan), the University of Kent at Canterbury, and the Jagiellonian University, (Krakow, Poland).