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Department of Molecular
and Cellular Biology

About us

Our Science 

We research and teach how the collective behavior of molecules and cells forms the basis of life. We are driven by a passion for discovery and value collaborative approaches to scientific inquiry, where connections between people fuel interdisciplinary science and break boundaries across varied experimental systems. Against a backdrop of cutting-edge biological research, we work as a team of educators and mentors to inspire and train the next generation of scientists and global citizens. 

 Our Community 

At the core of the MCB department is a commitment to foster an environment in which all individuals have the opportunity to thrive. It is our shared responsibility to create an inclusive culture, where we support and respect each other as colleagues. We embrace a diverse range of perspectives, expertise, identities, experiences, talents, and abilities. By continually strengthening this foundation of investing in the well-being of our people, we enable our community’s growth and pursuit of the creative and innovative approaches that underlie scientific excellence. 

Our Guiding Principles

We hold ourselves and the community accountable to the following set of values: 

We foster a safe and supportive environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity and is able to work towards their aspirations. 

We encourage difficult conversations about racial, gender, structural and other inequities in our labs, institutions, and society.We listen actively and openly and seek to continually learn from one another during these respectful and open dialogues. 

We take active steps to diversify our community demographics, promote equitable practices, and eliminate systemic racism and other inequities in our departmental structures. 

We prioritize the well-being of our community members and create avenues of support for all, with a particular focus on the needs of Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, first generation students, people from underprivileged backgrounds, and other community members underrepresented in the scientific community.We prioritize diversity, inclusion, and belonging work, advocate for it at all levels and actively include it in all departmental discussions.  


We carry out our work responsibly and ethically, recognizing that our own choices are reflections of both ourselves and our community. As a department, we are committed to building institutional accountability and transparency in our decision-making processes.  


Latest News

Cassandra Extavour

Quanta Magazine Features Cassandra Extavour

OEB and MCB faculty Cassandra Extavour and her research into the origins of multicellular life are featured in a recent story in Quanta Magazine.  Interviewed by Claudia Dreifus, […]

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Craig McFarland

Craig McFarland (Neuroscience ’25) Honored as Early Career Policy Ambassador by Society for Neuroscience

Harvard undergraduate Craig McFarland (‘25), was recently elected to the Society for Neuroscience’s 2024 Early Career Policy Ambassador program (ECPA), one of just ten individuals selected nationwide and […]

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(top left to bottom right) Dennis Brookner, Doeke Hekstra, Robert Henning, Maggie Klureza, In-Sik Kim, Silvia Russi, Jack Greisman, and Kevin Dalton

How a “Spot the Difference” Technique Illuminates the Wiggling of Proteins

It’s common to speak of “the structure of a protein,” but proteins are dynamic molecules that move and shapeshift.  A protein can be described as 1-dimensional polymer – […]

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Jeeyun Chung

Interdisciplinary and Inter-Institutional Partnership Studying Neurodegenerative Diseases Wins Support from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Work from the lab of Jeeyun Chung, Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, on lipid droplets’ roles in neurodegenerative diseases will be supported by a Chan Zuckerberg […]

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Upcoming Events

Special Seminar: Shira Weingarten-Gabbay, Ph.D. (The Broad Institute, Cambridge,…

  • 12pm - Thursday Feb 29, 2024
  • Northwest Building, 52 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

MCB Friday Talks @ 4 PM

  • 4pm - Friday Mar 1, 2024
  • Biological Laboratories (Room BL1080), 16 Divinity Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA