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) Demetri Markantonis, Carly Stevens, Gaurav Vazirani, Ilyana Sawka, Rob Lue, Alia Qatarneh, and Sven Heinrich

Harvard MCB Faculty and Amgen Foundation Partner to Launch Game-changing Online Science Education Platform

Harvard University, the Amgen Foundation, and edX announced the creation of the LabXchange online platform, which transforms access to the scientific process by integrating digital instruction, interactivity,  and […]

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Giselle Grenier (l) and Jesse Machado

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2018 MCB Staff Badminton Tournament!

1st – Giselle Grenier (MCB Lab Admin – Dowling- and Hensch Labs) and Jesse Machado (NW building – Shipping and Receiving) 2nd – John Kropowensky (MCB Core Admin […]

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Abhishek Shrivastava (l) and Howard Berg

Bacterial Public Transportation [Berg Lab]

Imagine a box densely packed with balls. The spacing between the balls is filled with a fluid of viscosity similar to honey. The box has many copies of […]

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Uchida Awarded the 2018 Tsukahara Memorial Award

MCB professor Nao Uchida has been awarded the 2018 Nakaakira Tsukahara Memorial Award for his work on memory and decision-making during the 41st Annual Meeting of the Japan […]

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Upcoming Events

Erin Diel Dissertation Defense

  • 3pm - Thursday Sep 6, 2018
  • 60 Oxford Street, room 330

MCB Scientific Retreat- By registration Only

  • 12am - Friday Sep 14, 2018