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

Rachelle Gaudet

Rachelle Gaudet Honored with Mentoring Award

The student-run organization Harvard Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (HGWISE) has named MCB faculty Rachelle Gaudet “Mentor of the Year.” The award recognizes faculty and GSAS alumni […]

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(l to r) Olivia Meyerson, Roya Huang, and Hasreet Gill

Hasreet Gill, Roya Huang, and Olivia Meyerson Chosen As NSF Graduate Research Fellows

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) has selected two Harvard MCO graduate students — Hasreet Gill [G2] of the Tabin Lab and Roya Huang [G2] of the […]

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Mark Czeisler (l) and Prof. John Dowling

Congratulations to 2019 Dowling Thesis Prize Winner Mark Czeisler!

Neuroscience concentrator Mark Czeisler (‘19) has received the 2019 John E. Dowling Thesis Prize. The prize, named for MCB faculty John Dowling, honors Neuroscience concentrators who produce outstanding […]

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(l to r) Julien Grimaud, Venki Murthy, Hao Wu, and Jenelle Wallace

Venkatesh Murthy Honored for Excellence in Mentoring

MCB chair Venkatesh Murthy has received the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award. The award, presented by the GSAS Graduate Student Council (GSC), recognizes a handful of faculty […]

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Upcoming Events

2019 Commencement

  • 12am - Thursday May 30, 2019

2019 Annual MCO Student Retreat

  • 12am - Wednesday Jun 5, 2019
  • Gund Hall, 42-48 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA