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Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
601 Preclinical Teaching Building
725 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21205


The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics is one of eight basic science departments in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine:

The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics has been at the leading edge of basic biomedical research and has contributed to the training of many leading scientists. The Department started as the Department of Microbiology in 1959, with Dr. W. Barry Wood as its founding Director. Since then, the MBG Department has been an international leader in biomedical research and training. The fifteen faculty in the Department lead programs in a broad range of research topics. Among others the MBG research includes: cell cycle control, gene expression, DNA replication, signal transduction, developmental biology, microbial pathogenesis, molecular immunology, DNA transposition, telomere structure and function, RNA catalysis and the molecular biology of vision and olfaction.

Overall, the mission of the department is:

  • The advancement of knowledge through basic research in molecular genetics
  • The development of the next generation of biomedical scientists

But the most amazing thing of the Department is the people. The combination of experience, diligence and passion for science makes the MBG the perfect place to grow as a scientist independently of your career stage.