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

Dominic Mao brings STEM Back Home

Dominic Mao, advisor for two of Harvard’s life sciences concentrations (Molecular and Cellular Biology and Chemical and Physical Biology) and MCB lecturer, spent part of his summer in […]

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(l to r) Rashmi Sarnaik, Alice Tao, and Daniel Berger

MCB Professors Inspire Next Generation of Neuroscientists

Twice a year the MIT Museum honors women in science while simultaneously inspiring their future peers with Girls Day, an event aimed at children 10 and up. This […]

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MCB Professor Wins Top Award

MCB professor Catherine Dulac has won the 2018 Karl Spencer Lashley Award from the American Philosophical Society. The prize, which was named for distinguished neuropsychologist and former Harvard […]

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Its That Time of Year!

Each winter MCB celebrates the “giving season” with a holiday gift drive. This year we are taking gifts for Rosie’s Place, the oldest women’s shelter in America. Your […]

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Upcoming Events

Cellular Dynamics Research Talks: Kate Shulgina

  • 12pm - Monday Nov 19, 2018
  • Biological Laboratories (Biolabs) Room 1080, Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

Cellular Dynamics Research Talks: Barbara Engelhardt -Princeton

  • 12pm - Monday Nov 26, 2018
  • Biological Laboratories (Biolabs) Room 1080, Divinity Avenue, Cambridge