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The Interdisciplinary Life Sciences (ILS) Graduate Programs currently has more than 130 faculty members affiliated with the Colleges of Natural Sciences, Engineering, Dell Medical School, Liberal Arts, and Pharmacy. ILS faculty are broadly interdisciplinary with research areas including biochemistry, cell and developmental biology, molecular biology, molecular evolution, molecular genetics, microbiology, nanoscience, systems and synthetic biology, neurobiology, chemical biology, drug development, structural biology, biophysics, biodefense, nutrition, pharmaceutical sciences, bioengineering, bioinformatics, and computational biology. ILS faculty, post-docs, and graduate students are highly interactive and engage in numerous interdisciplinary collaborations, a major strength compared to other cell and molecular biology programs.