Molecular and cell biology

Photograph of students using microscope

Where biochemistry, microbiology and cell biology intersect

Recent advances in molecular cellular biology, especially the continuing development of recombinant DNA technology, have revolutionised our understanding of the structure, function and regulation of individual genes and proteins. Cell biology is the subdiscipline of biology that studies the basic unit of life, the cell, and investigates:

  • cell anatomy
  • cellular processes such as cell growth, migration, survival and death, and their molecular mechanisms
  • molecular and cellular mechanisms of human diseases

Molecular biology is a marriage of biochemistry, microbiology and cell biology. It will have an increasingly important role to play in many aspects of modern medicine, genetics, evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, biotechnology and genomics. Molecular biology has made extensive contributions to the fields of medical DNA analysis, new drug discovery, tissue growth and transplantation, and many other diverse areas affecting daily life and health.

Career opportunities in molecular and cell biology

You could pursue a career as a laboratory technician, research assistant, research associate, research officer, research or business development manager, scientist and other careers that require knowledge of molecular and cellular biology.

Our programs

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023