Become an MBI Member

The Molecular Biology Institute is an Organized Research Unit, bringing together faculty across departmental and disciplinary lines. The Institute hosts seminars and symposia with the goal of stimulating research, fostering collaboration and educating the next generation of scientists.

We invite membership applications in April and October each year.

Criteria for full membership

  • Established UCLA ladder faculty (Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor)
  • Participation in activities of the Institute (see below).
  • A research program directed towards developing a molecular level understanding of fundamental biological processes.
  • High quality publications in the field of molecular biology.
  • External grant support.

Faculty not meeting the criteria above (e.g. new Faculty and/or those with an Adjunct appointments) may apply for Associate Membership, to begin participating in MBI activities and interacting with established members while they build their independent research programs.

Participation in Institute activities is an essential part of MBI membership and contributes to a vibrant scientific community!
Examples of participation are:

  • Attending MBI-hosted seminars
  • Presenting to fellow MBI members at the¬†Tuesdsay Faculty Lunch Seminar.
  • Acknowledging the MBI in publications/presentations
  • Serving on MBI committees
  • Attending the MBI annual retreat
  • Voting on MBI ballots


Important note: MBI membership does not grant…

  • The ability to mentor students in the Molecular Biology Interdepartmental Ph.D. Program (MBIDP). This is a separate application process.
  • Laboratory space in Boyer Hall. This is allocated by the MBI Director in consultation with the appropriate departmental Chairs, the Director of the UCLA DOE laboratory and the MBI Council. Final authority for space allocation rests with the Dean of Life Sciences and the Chancellor.

Application Instructions

The next deadline for applications: April 2017

Please submit a completed application form, CV/biosketch and list of current and pending grant support to MBIAsst@lifesci.ucla.edu. Applications will be reviewed by the MBI membership committee.