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

MCO First-year graduate students

MCB Research Retreat This Weekend

Meet the First-year graduate students: Easun Arunachalam   Luolan Bai   Karen Bao   Julien Barrere   Rui Fang   Yuan Fang   Patrick Gainey   Shreyas Gopalakrishnan […]

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(l to r) Hope Merens, Karen Bao, Alex McQuown, Paula Pelayo, Easun Arunachalam, and Megan He

Six Harvard Grad Students Selected As NSF Graduate Research Fellows

The National Science Foundation (NSF)’s prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) provides funding to promising graduate students. This fall, six MCO graduate students– Easun Arunachalam, Karen Bao, Megan […]

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(l to r) Elizabeth May (Student Coordinator), Korleki Akiti (Student Coordinator), Uriah Sanders, Linda Wiratan, Summer Blanco, Karla Sofia Reyes Aguirre, Laura Briggs, Agentle Sewa, Carlos Rivera López, and Heather Frank (Peer Mentor)

Summer Interns Gain Research Experience and Forge Friendships Through SROH Program

This summer, Harvard’s MCO program hosted seven undergraduate researchers through the Summer Research Opportunities at Harvard (SROH) internship program. The interns spent ten weeks performing experiments in Harvard […]

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(l to r) Mitsuko Watabe-Uchida, Ryunosuke Amo, William Menegas, Korleki Akiti, and Naoshige Uchida

Reward and Threat: Two Axes of Dopamine Systems [Uchida Lab]

William James, the “father of American psychology”, was amused when he watched an alligator cautiously approach a human – only to quickly retreat. The alligator repeated this behavior […]

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Upcoming Events

Neurolunch: Armin Bahl Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, Engert Lab

  • 12pm - Wednesday Sep 19, 2018
  • Northwest Building, Room 243

Thursday Seminar: Titia de Lange

  • 12pm - Thursday Sep 20, 2018
  • Biological Laboratories (Biolabs) Room 1080, Divinity Avenue, Cambridge