In the School of Molecular & Cellular Biology

We work together to achieve extraordinary things. MCB scientists and scientists-in-training are propelling foundational and translational research. Instructors are constantly innovating to provide a rigorous education and empower students. Our alumni, corporate partners, and friends who provide financial support are crucial partners in helping to accelerate these achievements.

We are committed


To recruiting talented undergraduates, helping cover their tuition costs and funding research fellowships.

To recruiting and funding motivated graduate students and providing them with outstanding mentorship.

To recruiting and supporting bold, creative, and collaborative faculty.

To offering top-notch laboratory and teaching spaces.

Ways to give


There are many different ways to give, and we are committed to partnering with you on this gift-giving journey so you can make the most efficient, personally satisfying, and financially advantageous decision for you and your family.

Annual gifts

Gifts to the school’s annual fund, or to one of the annual funds of our four departments, have an immediate impact on our students, faculty, and programs. Examples include scholarships (including the BEST Scholar program) and Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships, graduate fellowships, faculty scholars, and much more.

Donate now to one of our annual funds.

Matched gifts

Your gift could be doubled, tripled, or possibly quadrupled through your company's matching gift program.

Find out if your company has a matching gift policy.

Major gifts & estate gifts

When you give to the School of Molecular & Cellular Biology and its outstanding departments, you make an impact on the future of our students and faculty. We are grateful to so many of you who continue to generously invest in us and ensure our excellence in teaching, learning, research, and outreach.

School of MCB Professorial Scholars

Catalyzing high-impact research

The School of MCB Professorial Scholar enables alumni, corporate partners, and friends to celebrate and support the work of recently-tenured faculty who lead promising research programs and have been recognized for outstanding teaching and mentoring. Providing these academic leaders with ready, expendable funds gives them the flexibility to pursue a novel research idea or swiftly address a programmatic need without slowing the pace of progress. Examples of these leading initiatives within the school include:

  • Cancer biology, cancer immunology, and metastasis
  • Neuronal circuits; neurological diseases, such as epilepsy and anorexia nervosa; neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's; the role of neuroinflammatory response in diseases
  • Metabolic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, fatty liver disease
  • Developmental biology, stem cells, and tissue regeneration
  • High-resolution structural analysis of macromolecules (proteins and RNA)
  • Placental dysfunctions and reproductive disorders
  • Emerging viruses and antibiotic-resistant bacteria
  • Microbial ecology and evolution

By funding a professorial scholar in the School of MCB, you not only empower talented faculty and advance research, you help build a scholarly community rich with learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

Giving Stories

Read article: A novel approach to a new career
A novel approach to a new career
Alumna Carole Stivers worked as a biochemist in Silicon Valley—and then started anew as a science fiction writer. Although she never considered herself a “literary type,” the career of Carole Stivers (née Carole Reeve, PhD, ’81, Biochemistry) has taken a...
Read article: Biotech leader reflects on his career, extends support for next generation of innovators
Biotech leader reflects on his career, extends support for next generation of innovators
From helping bring a powerful, first-in-class HIV treatment to market to his most recent position as the CEO and co-owner of a preclinical contract research organization, Michael Recny (PhD, biochemistry, ’83) has paved a successful career path in the biotechnology industry, a field that was just...
Read article: Liqian Ma awarded Mead Graduate Fellowship
Liqian Ma awarded Mead Graduate Fellowship
The University of Illinois School of Molecular and Cellular Biology is pleased to announce the inaugural recipient of the Julie and David Mead Graduate Fellowship. Created by Illinois alumni David and Julie Mead, the fellowship provides $10,000 per year in financial support to an outstanding PhD...

Contact us

Ryan Pea stands outside the Chemical and Life Sciences Laboratory

If you are interested in discussing major gifts or estate giving opportunities, please contact

Ryan Pea, Director of Development

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Office of Advancement

103 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL 61801