College of Veterinary Medicine | School of Molecular Biosciences

Molecular Biosciences can be viewed as a dynamic continuum in which approaches derived from chemistry, physics and biology are utilized to address the fundamental mechanisms of living things. The School of Molecular Biosciences offers exciting opportunities for students to explore a wide range of future career paths in the life sciences. More->

SMB Mission Statement and Strategic Goals
SMB Bylaws
Graduate Student Bylaws
SMB Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes

SMB News and Announcements

  • Summer Microscopy ‘Camp’ will enhance research efforts of three SMB labs

    May 17, 2016
    Over the summer months, SMB researchers in the Carabeo, Jones and Konkel labs will take their cells and reagents to the Advanced Imaging Centre (AIC) at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Research Labs in Virginia. There they will study how cells move, how pathogens invade mammalian cells and how invasion impacts the adhesion systems of a host cell, using some of the new bioimaging technologies being developed by Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric Betzig and others. The mission of AIC is to “make cutting-edge imaging technologies developed at Janelia widely accessible, and at no cost, to scientists before the instruments are commercially available”. The Carabeo, Jones and Konkel labs each submitted proposals to AIC last year and all three were accepted. The Jones lab is currently at Janelia. Carabeo and Konkel lab personnel will begin their studies in July and August.

  • Cynthia Cooper, SMB Associate Professor (WSU-Vancouver) will speak at the May 14, 2016 Northwest Melanoma Symposium

    May 12, 2016

    Cynthia Cooper, SMB Associate Professor (WSU-Vancouver) will speak at the May 14, 2016 Northwest Melanoma Symposium. The symposium is hosted by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, co-sponsored by the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and the Melanoma Research Foundation, inviting family and friends to this public science outreach event with a theme of Science to Survivorship.  


    For more information on the symposium, visit

  • SMB Graduate will pursue application of cancer research.

    May 05, 2016
    After graduating Saturday, Luis Cortez, a first-generation student from Othello, Wash., plans to get his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in order to “research human health issues and transfer my lab discoveries into practice.”
    Read More

Links of Interest


Upcoming Events & Seminars

Washington State University