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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Dima Ter-Ovanesyan

Graduate Student Profile: Dmitry (“Dima”) Ter-Ovanesyan

Dmitry Ter-Ovanesyan had been up all night working as a student-EMT, but he went to the lab the next morning to conduct his experiment. He soon found that […]

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(l to r) Soumyaa Mazumder, Willa Li, Billy Schmitt, Karen Malacon, and Eily Sullivan (not shown Pauline Gabrieli and Raylin Xu)

Congratulations to the PBK “Senior 48” Inductees!

Each fall, the Harvard chapter of Phi Beta Kappa,(ΦΒΚ), the oldest and most prestigious academic honor society in the United States, elects 48 seniors as new members. This […]

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Kian Simpson (l) and Sherry Gao (not shown Matthew Reynolds)

Sherry Gao, Matthew Reynolds, and Kian Simpson featured in The Harvard Crimson!

Each year, Harvard’s student-run newspaper publishes a series of interviews with fifteen seniors. The Crimson’s editors used computer program to randomly select 15 members of Class of ‘19. […]

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Thank You to Everyone Who Donated to the 2018 MCB Holiday Gift Drive!

This winter, the MCB Holiday Gift Drive collected gifts and supplies for Rosie’s Place, the oldest women’s shelter in the country. The entire MCB community pitched in and […]

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Upcoming Events

Neurolunch: Hector Penagos-Vargas (Gershman Lab & Wilson Lab (MIT))

  • 12pm - Wednesday Dec 12, 2018
  • Northwest Building, Room 243

Thursday Seminar: KC Huang -Stanford

  • 12pm - Thursday Dec 13, 2018
  • Biological Laboratories (Biolabs) Room 1080, Divinity Avenue, Cambridge