Department of Molecular
and Cellular Biology
About us

About us

Our mission is to 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 education and supported by cutting-edge research centers and state-of-the-art facilities on Harvard’s Cambridge campus.

Areas of research within MCB are highly diverse, ranging from the study of RNA structure, chromosome movement and cell wall synthesis, to membrane biogenesis, organ development and odor sensing. Our experimental systems are equally varied, ranging from viruses, bacteria and yeast, to Drosophila, C. elegans, zebrafish, and mouse.

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Latest News

(l to r) Takao K. Hensch, Nathalie Picard, Anne E. Takesian, and Michela Fagiolini

Ketamine Response Cycles in Females [Hensch Lab]

Ketamine for clinical use is clouded in controversy. Hallucinogenic party drug (“Special K”) and well-known anesthetic, it is increasingly touted as a panacea at low-doses for unresponsive depression […]

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(l to r) Venki Murthy, Catherine Dulac, Victoria D'Souza, Fanuel Muindi, Craig Hunter, and Jessica Manning

Fanuel Muindi Honored with FAS Dean’s Distinction Award

The FAS Dean’s Distinction Award showcases the exceptional contributions of staff members from departments across Harvard FAS. Specifically, the Dean’s Distinction recognizes staff who promote inclusion, organize events, […]

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Helen Hobbs

On March 14, Helen Hobbs Presents 2019 Bloch Lecture

Following in the footsteps of our esteemed former colleague, Konrad Bloch, UT Southwestern Professor and HHMI Investigator Helen Hobbs investigates the genetic determinants of cholesterol levels  and cardiovascular […]

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Nick Bellono Chosen As 2019 Sloan Research Fellow

MCB professor Nicholas Bellono has been chosen as a 2019 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Neuroscience. Each year, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation awards $70,000 to 126 […]

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Upcoming Events

Cellular Dynamics Research Talks: Amy Lee -Brandeis

  • 12pm - Monday Mar 25, 2019
  • Biological Laboratories (Biolabs) Room 1080, Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

CBS Seminar: Yuki Oka (Caltech)

  • 12pm - Tuesday Mar 26, 2019
  • Biological Laboratories (Biolabs) Room 1080, Divinity Avenue, Cambridge