The program was originated from a process of restructuration of the old field of Morphology, occurred in the 2000, which was motivated by the perception that modern biology has more broad and dynamic foundations. These foundations are related to the knowledge on the existing cellular macromolecules, the reactions they participate in, the intra and extracellular processes taking place in the cell and the control of gene expression. The restructuration of the program was meant to incorporate crucial fields such as cell biology, structural and functional genomics and proteomics. It was also valued the similarities between cellular processes of different organisms, their functions and the way they develop and interact among each other.
The program has a remarkable multidisciplinary shape through the integration of several fields such as biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, tissue biology, embryology, oncology, glycobiology, bacteriology, virology and mycology. The main driving force of the program is to provide excellent academic qualifications for the students and solid scientific formation. For this, from the beginning, students are exposed to the experimental bases of scientific knowledge and are stimulated to pursue answers to new questions through original and independent research. The goals of the program have been accomplished with success.