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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Max Prigozhin

New MCB and Applied Physics Professor Max Prigozhin is Developing Multicolor Electron Microscopy

Newly appointed MCB and Applied Physics Professor Max Prigozhin builds microscopes. His long-term goal is to develop a multicolor electron microscopy method that will reveal the dynamics of […]

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(l to r) Nick Jourjine, Nuné Martiros, Gregor Schuhknecht, Andi Kautt, Daniel Friedrich, Bushra Raj, and Christophe Dupre

Seven Postdocs Awarded Prestigious Fellowships to Further Their Research

Seven MCB postdocs have recently garnered fellowships that will enable research into the brain, behavior, and genetics. Two of the postdocs obtained fellowships from the NIH. Bushra Raj […]

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Holiday Gift Drive and Bake Sale Benefit Rosie’s Place Women’s Shelter

For the second year in a row, items donated to the annual MCB gift drive went to Rosie’s Place, a women’s shelter in downtown Boston. This year’s drive, […]

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( l to r) Matthew Parsons, Sophia Jackman, Jeanna Qiu, Olivia McGinnis, Andrew Cho, and Kelsey Ichikawa

Six Seniors Elected to Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society!

Each fall, the Harvard chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) honor society inducts 48 seniors with exceptional academic track records. This year’s “Senior 48” includes CPB concentrators […]

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Upcoming Events

Special Lecture: Irene Miguel- Aliaga (Imperial College London)

  • 12pm - Monday Jan 27, 2020
  • Biological Laboratories (Biolabs) Room 1080, Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

CBS Seminar: John Calarco (Toronto)

  • 12pm - Tuesday Jan 28, 2020
  • Biological Laboratories (Biolabs) Room 1080, Divinity Avenue, Cambridge