An interdisciplinary collaboration offering students and faculty a broad range of research areas across the biological and biomedical fields.

The interdisciplinary Molecular Biosciences graduate program

The Molecular Biosciences graduate program has three degree paths providing you the opportunity to tailor your graduate education to your interests. With a team of mentors to guide you and provide you with a solid foundation in research methods and experimental design, we're confident you'll get the most out of your graduate experience.

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About us

Learn more about our research interests and interdisciplinary departments and partners that create our unique academic program. 

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Degree programs

Admission requirements, deadlines, program timelines, funding information and more outlining the doctoral and master's degrees.

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Student resources

Program handbook, funding information and campus resources. 

Discover areas of expertise and meet the faculty within each area to find a research direction you love. 

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Research areas

Molecular Biosciences research faculty have expertise in have expertise in a wealth of areas including bioinformatics, immunology and pharmacology and supported with state-of-the-art facilities.

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Participating faculty

Learn more about the 85 faculty members that come together from across the campus and our community to form the Molecular Biosciences faculty. 

Achievements and announcements

$2.3 million in NIH funding awarded to researcher to advance hypertension research and treatments

Yumei Feng Earley, Ph.D., M.D., associate professor, departments of pharmacology, and physiology and cell biology at University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine was awarded a competitive, four-year, $2.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health  (NIH) to support her research on increased sympathetic nervous system activity which has been found to be a primary precursor of hypertension. Congratulations on this award! 

Robert Renden, Ph.D. receives $1.5 million NIH grant

Robert Renden, Ph.D., a University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine researcher and Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology faculty member, has received a $1.5 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant award to explore how mitochondria support synaptic function in the healthy brain and advance new approaches in the study of some diseases. Congratulations on this impressive award!

Congratulations, Caleb J. Worker, on your first-place win!

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Caleb J. Worker (PI: Yumei Feng Earley) won first place and $500 in the 11th annual George G. Bierkamper Molecular Biosciences Graduate Student Retreat at the University of Nevada, Reno. 

Presentation title: Neuronal (Pro)Renin Receptor Deletion Attenuates Astrogliosis And Inflammation In The Arcuate Nucleus Of Mice Fed With High Fat Diet

Congratulations, Isaura Vanessa Gutierrez, on your second-place win!

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Isaura Vanessa Gutierrez (PI: Cyprian Rossetto) won second place and $300 in the 11th annual George G. Bierkamper Molecular Biosciences Graduate Student Retreat at the University of Nevada, Reno. 

Presentation title: Kaposi’s Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus (KSHV) ORF59 N-terminus Binds to Histones and C-terminus is not Required for DNA Synthesis 

Our impact

Nevada Today news stories from Molecular Biosciences and the departments and centers that contribute to the program.

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Journal of Neuroscience cover story features University neuroscience research

Assistant Professor Simon Pieraut’s paper was featured in the May 26 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience

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COVID-19 rapid test has successful lab results, research moves to next stages

University of Nevada, Reno engineers and virologists team up for novel approach

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Nevada State Public Health Lab-led team studying COVID-19 reinfection

Fighting the pandemic: University of Nevada, Reno research effort continues with early, genomics-based evidence of reinfection