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

Doeke Hekstra Chosen as Searle Scholar

MCB and SEAS assistant professor Doeke Hekstra has been chosen as a 2018 Searle Scholar. Each year, the Searles Scholar Program–administered by the Kinship Foundation and funded by […]

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(l to r) Samuel Gershman, Benedicte M. Babayan, and Naoshige Uchida

Believing in Dopamine [Uchida Lab]

Predicting future rewards depends critically on beliefs about the current state of the world. For example, suppose you go to a restaurant with two chefs, one who you’ve […]

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Hopi Hoekstra Elected to American Philosophical Society

Professor Hopi Hoekstra, a faculty member with a joint appointment to the MCB and OEB departments, has been elected to the prestigious American Philosophical Society (APS). Hoekstra is […]

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Gal Lumbroso (top) and Felix Barber

Grad Students Earn Fellowships

MCO students Felix Barber and Gal Lumbroso have been awarded prestigious fellowships that will support their future  research. Barber, a joint student in the Amir and Murray labs, […]

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Upcoming Events

2018 MCB Commencement Luncheon

  • 10am - Wednesday May 23, 2018
  • NW East Wing Lawn

2018 Commencement

  • 12am - Thursday May 24, 2018