Cell and Molecular Biology




Chief Bibliographer, Science & Engineering

Librarian Phone

(504) 865-5609

Book Chair

Dept. Chair

Program Description

The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library collects materials that support the teaching and research programs of the university's Department of Cell and Molecular Biology. The department offers programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctorate degrees in cell and molecular biology. The department faculty is dedicated to instructing undergraduate students in modern approaches to biological inquiry. Undergraduates are trained in the fundamentals of cell and molecular biology and are encouraged to consider careers in science research and the health sciences. An undergraduate major in neuroscience allows a student to pursue an interdepartmental curriculum that focuses on the role of the nervous system in regulating physiological processes. The research programs of the Cell and Molecular Biology Department are focused on two major areas: developmental biology and neuroscience. The graduate program trains students in the areas of developmental biology, molecular biology, cell biology, and neurobiology. Faculty and students pursue research in a wide variety of topics, including developmental biology, cellular neurobiology, bacterial cell differentiation, molecular systematics and evolution, and behavioral toxicology. The department also offers a one year master of science degree program for students wishing to attend a postgraduate professional school. The department is a participant in two interdisciplinary graduate programs, the Neurosciences Graduate Program and the Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Program, which bring in researchers from various Tulane campuses. In addition, many faculty in this department are involved with the Center for Bioenvironmental Research.


Materials are selected in the general areas of developmental biology, molecular biology, cell biology, neurobiology, biochemistry, and physiology. In collecting monographs, particular emphasis is placed on materials covering current and emerging research methodologies in molecular biology, such as gene manipulation, spectroscopy and microscopy. Texts on modern statistical, analytical, and computer methods in molecular biology are also acquired.


The library collects monographs, monographic series, reference books, and periodicals, with the main focus being the journal collection. Upper level textbooks are purchased selectively. Textbooks used in current courses are not acquired. Symposium and colloquium proceedings are bought upon request. The library does not generally collect patents, technical reports, standards or specifications. Video recordings may be purchased upon request of faculty members.


To broaden access, journals are sought online when available. Print may be canceled to reduce costs when ownership of the online version is assured and the image quality is adequate. Monographs and other materials are generally purchased as printed text, although an increasing number of books are available electronically, especially reference works such as encyclopedias and handbooks. Most scientific abstracting and indexing sources are available as online databases. The library generally avoids purchasing current indexes in print format, and has begun discarding older index volumes that are duplicated electronically.


English is the predominant language of publication, but some foreign language journals are collected at the request of the faculty.

Chronological Period

Emphasis is on current research, although historical material of general interest in biochemistry is collected with help of the deMilt Fund.

Imprint Date

Preference is given to items published within the last two or three years. Items with older imprint dates are sought selectively. Out-of-print materials are sought mostly to replace important works damaged or missing from the collection or by request.

Geographical Considerations

No geographic limitations are applied.

Cooperative Resources

The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is one of 14 members of a cooperative consortium of southern research libraries called KUDZU, which includes a shared online catalog. Loan requests through this system receive priority processing and expedited two-day delivery. The library is also a member of the cooperative Center for Research Libraries (CRL) in Chicago, through which we may borrow a wide range of rare materials for our users. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty may borrow materials directly from the main library nearby at Loyola University of New Orleans through a reciprocal agreement called TU/LU. Graduate students and faculty may borrow materials at other New Orleans area academic libraries, and at other academic libraries throughout the state, through the LALINC consortium. For more information about cooperative borrowing privileges inquire at the library's Circulation Desk.

Supply Sources

Limited numbers of books are automatically delivered to the library through an approval plan from YBP. Most other books are purchased individually and also through YBP at a discount rate.

Endowed Funds

The deMilt Memorial Fund is available for materials in the history of chemistry, including materials in the history of biochemistry. The Class of 1902 Fund may be used for books in any area of science.

Selection Tools

Reviews such as those from Choice, from biological and other scientific journals, and recommendations from faculty, staff, and students are all sources of possible additions to the collection. Book forms automatically delivered to the library through the YBP Plan are also scanned for possible purchase.

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