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) Gautam Reddy (inset), Massimo Vergassola, Joe Zak, and Venki Murthy

Smelling Complexity [ Murthy Lab]

You walk into a restaurant and immediately become aware of all the smells coming from the kitchen. These scents arise from small, volatile molecules called odorants. While there […]

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(l to r)  Tadasu Nozaki, Iku Kimura, Sara Matias, Yasuko Isoe, and Jadiel Wasson

MCB Postdocs Receive International Fellowships

Five MCB postdoctoral fellows have been awarded fellowships from organizations and private foundations that support interdisciplinary basic research. Jadiel Wasson of the Mango Lab received a prestigious Helen […]

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Karine Gibbs (l) and Colleen Cavanaugh

Gibbs Awarded Star Family Challenge for Promising Scientific Research Funding

MCB professor Karine Gibbs and OEB professor Colleen Cavanaugh have teamed up to investigate what happens when a human-gut-dwelling microbe “goes rogue”. Their project is one of five […]

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Sharad Ramanathan

Sharad Ramanathan Co-director of New Quantitative Biology Initiative

QUANTITATIVE BIOLOGY INITIATIVE website, Sharad Ramanathan faculty profile,  Ramanathan lab

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Upcoming Events

Kyobi Skutt-Kakaria Dissertation Defense

  • 2pm - Thursday Apr 26, 2018
  • NW B103

Minh Vong Dissertation Defense

  • 10am - Monday Apr 30, 2018
  • NW B103