A unique aspect of the CMB Program is the interdisciplinary nature of the individual faculty research projects, which are often highly collaborative and cross traditional department boundaries. CMB faculty have primary appointments in clinical as well as basic science departments, which brings a broad perspective of contemporary problems in cell, molecular and biomedical sciences. Graduate students in the Program have instant exposure to this vast array of research to learn directly from experts skills to apply toward their PhD research in one of three rotations in the first year.

The research enterprise within the CMB Program is well-funded by extramural support with 60 million grant dollars generated annually by the CMB faculty in individual research awards, program projects grants, and pre- and post-doctoral training grants. Large interdisciplinary, multi-investigator grants fund research projects in cancer biology, cardiovascular biology and cell motility, environmental pathology, immunobiology, neuroscience, and pulmonary function and disease. In addition, students have access to cutting-edge core facilities including those in Bioinformatics, X-Ray Crystallography, DNA Analysis, Flow Cytometry, Microscopy and Imaging, and Transgenic Mice.