The Department of Molecular & Cell Biology has interests and expertise in diverse areas of biology. The members of staff are involved in research that is of great economic and social importance to South Africa and the rest of Africa. The research includes areas such as health and disease, plant and animal pathogens, viruses, genetic engineering, drought resistant crops and marine aquaculture. With well-equipped laboratories, offering access to DNA synthesis facilities and Proteomics/Metabolomics platforms, and strong connections to the Faculty of Health Sciences, the department is in a position to offer exciting research opportunities in fields of enquiry as diverse as plant desiccation, plant and marine biotechnology, signal transduction, evolutionary genetics, molecular virology, biochemistry and microbiology.
The department hosts a large number of postdoctoral research fellows and has a vibrant postgraduate student community.