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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(l to r) Josh Sanes, Yi-Rong Peng, and Wenjun Yan

A Small but Important Difference [Sanes Lab]

Neurons come in a bewildering variety of shapes and sizes, with the structure of each type underlying its specific functions. A major preoccupation of developmental biologists is to […]

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Andrew Bolton (l) and Florian Engert

Foresight in Fish: Physical Intelligence during 3D Prey Capture [Engert Lab]

Babies possess the ability to predict what will happen in their environment based on intuition about gravity, motion, and mass of objects. This has lead to the idea […]

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Florian Engert (l) and Armin Bahl

Larval Zebrafish As a Model for Perceptual Decision-making [Engert lab]

During perceptual decision-making, animals need to accumulate sensory evidence over time, but the underlying neural processes remain poorly understood. Here we combine behavioral experiments and whole-brain imaging in […]

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(l to r) Karthik Shekhar, Wenjun Yan, Irene Whitney, Inbal Benhar, Josh Sanes, Nicholas Tran, and Anne Jacobi

Weathering the Storm of Axonal Injury [Sanes Lab]

Injury to the central nervous system (brain or spinal cord) usually leads to irreversible loss of function. This is because many injured neurons die and few if any […]

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Upcoming Events

CBS Seminar: Liz Phelps (Harvard)

  • 12pm - Tuesday Dec 17, 2019
  • Biological Laboratories (Biolabs) Room 1080, Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

Career Series: Carl Cohen

  • 12am - Monday Jan 13, 2020
  • Biological Laboratories (Biolabs) Room 1080, Divinity Avenue, Cambridge