Who We Are
Dedicated to understanding the molecular basis of disease, genomics, bioinformatics and cellular and molecular functioning and systems, the Department of Molecular Biosciences researches cutting-edge issues in the life sciences and biochemistry. Faculty work to solve biological problems that are fundamental to advances in medicine and industry, from fighting cancer to improving crops. The department also guides students in receiving the world-class education that allows them to become tomorrow’s scientific leaders and thinkers.
What We're Fundraising For
Increased funding for graduate fellowships and undergraduate scholarships will allow the Department of Molecular Biosciences to attract the best and brightest students – Students who will transform our university today and the world tomorrow. Undergraduate scholarships enable students to devote more time to their studies and participate in research activities that help prepare them for productive careers as leaders in academia, medicine and industry.
“I give to 40 for Forty each year to support initiatives that I am passionate about, mainly undergraduate education and opportunities for underrepresented minorities. I do this because (1) I have seen the money be used to make amazing interactive classrooms that help me succeed as a teacher for undergraduates, and (2) Funds from other donors have had a major impact on my research activities, allowing me the flexibility to pursue bold new research directions that I do not currently have grants to fund. I try to do my small part to contribute to the continuing excellence of the Forty Acres.” -David Taylor, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences
As state and federal support for higher education continues to decline, UT Austin relies on the generosity of its alumni, friends and supporters to fund high-quality education and support distinguished research programs like those carried out in MBS. This private support is critical to help launch the success of the faculty and students, and allows the department to provide students with a margin of excellence that cannot be accomplished with state and federal funding alone. Every gift to the Department of Molecular Biosciences is a vote of confidence in the future of the university.