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Department of Molecular
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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) Christophe Dupre, Amy S.Y. Lee, Keiko Weir, Nick Bellono, and Lena van Giesen

To Sting, or Not to Sting? [Bellono Lab]

Most ocean swimmers are aware, either through warnings from others or firsthand experience, of the painful, itching and burning sensation that can come from an encounter with a […]

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(l to r) Aaron Abai, Yoseph Boku, and Matt Spence

MCB and Neuroscience Concentrators Receive Harvard College 2020 Student Leadership Awards

Aaron Abai (MCB ‘22), Yoseph Boku (MCB ‘21), and Matt Spence (Neuro ‘22) are among the undergraduates honored with 2020 Student Leadership Awards. Organized by the Dean of […]

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Rachelle Gaudet

Phi Beta Kappa Honors MCB Faculty Rachelle Gaudet with Award for Excellence in Teaching

The Harvard chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) honor society has named MCB faculty Rachelle Gaudet as a recipient of the Alpha-Iota Prize for Excellence in Teaching. […]

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Hayoung Ahn

Harvard Gazette’s “Postcards from Here” Series Features Hayoung Ahn (Neuro ‘20)

Neuroscience concentrator Hayoung Ahn (‘20) is one of the most recent students to share her reflections in The Harvard Gazette’s “Postcards from Here” series, which highlights the perspectives […]

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Upcoming Events

Matt Smith Dissertation Defense

  • 2pm - Wednesday May 27, 2020

MCB Zoom Seminars: Nathan Lord

  • 12pm - Thursday Jun 11, 2020