Student Perspectives

Below are some current students and their thoughts on the Molecular & Cell Biology undergraduate program.

Albert Xu
Class of 2017
Immunology & Pathogenesis

What is your favorite class?
My favorite class so far is MCB C100A - Biophysical Chemistry: Physical Principles and the Molecules of Life. It's cross-listed with the chemistry department and is co-taught by a team of 2 professors - one from the MCB department and one from the chemistry department. It's definitely not an easy class, as the chemistry portion of is very math intensive and requires a lot of motivation and hard work, but the course describes key concepts of biology from a very molecular and physical approach. You come out with a good thermodynamic and kinetic understanding of very important concepts and processes such as protein/DNA/RNA structure and enzyme/reaction kinetics.

Lisa Zhang
Class of 2016
Immunology & Pathogenesis

What is your favorite class?
My favorite MCB class has been MCB 150 (Molecular Immunology). The class is structured to help you understand the basis of immunology and then challenges you to apply that knowledge to common diseases that we’ve all heard of. It’s very exciting to read a news article about these diseases we’ve just learned about in class and be able to incorporate our foundational knowledge of immunology with the real world application of medical treatment and vaccines.

Ben Jackson
Class of 2016

What is your favorite class?
My favorite class at Berkeley so far has been MCB 132: The Biology of Human Cancer, taught by Profesors Bilder, Luo and He. MCB 132 provides a general overview of the molecular basis of cancer, and I found the class to be incredibly comprehensive and useful. I've always been interested in cancer research, and 132 helped demystify what to many people is an unknown disease and made it relatable to ongoing research and the development of new pharmaceutical therapies. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a fun and interesting elective to take!

Samba Njie
Class of 2016
Neurobiology

What is your favorite class?
My favorite class is MCB 160 (Introduction to Neurobiology). This class is no longer being offered as a single course in the coming semesters but it will be split into 2 similar classes. I like this course because it gave me a very multidisciplinary approach to neuroscience by working through the mechanisms and circuits of how the brain works, as well as applications such as our senses, sleep, fear, development of our nervous system over time and space, and experimental methods that helped prove the concepts discussed in class.

Class of 2015
Cell & Developmental Biology

Who was your favorite professor? My favorite professor was Prof. David Presti from MCB 61. Prof. Presti is engaging, passionate, and tries to start interesting and genuine discussions with students in the classroom.

Joanna Maltbaek
Class of 2014
Immunology & Pathogenesis

How is MCB preparing me for my chosen career path? My classes challenge me to think critically in an experimental setting, and my professors are constantly updating the course material with the latest findings in the field of immunology.

Nelson Amorin
Class of 2013
Neurobiology

What is your favorite class? 163: Mammalian Neuroanatomy