Cell and Molecular Biology



Raquel Horlick


Coordinator for Scholarly Resources, Sciences & Engineering

Librarian Phone Number

(504) 865-5643

Librarian Email


Book Chair


Dept Chair

Yiping Chen, Ph.D

Program Description

The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library collects materials in support of the teaching and research programs of the university's Department of Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB). The department offers programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctorate degrees in cell and molecular biology. 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 department 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. The research programs of the Cell and Molecular Biology Department are focused on two major areas: developmental biology and neuroscience. 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. In addition, many faculty in this department are involved with the Center for Bioenvironmental Research.

Subject Resource Guide


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. 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 materials 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.

Related Collections

Cooperative Resources

The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library borrows a wide range of materials for our users through memberships in the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL). A reciprocal agreement called TU/LU allows undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty to borrow materials directly from the main library nearby at Loyola University of New Orleans. The LALINC consortium allows graduate students and faculty to borrow materials at other New Orleans area academic libraries and at other academic libraries throughout the state. Inquire at the library's Circulation Desk for more information about cooperative borrowing privileges.

Supply Sources

Books in support of the CMB program are generally acquired at a discount through our vendor, which also delivers books based on an approval plan profile.

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.