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Department of Molecular
and Cellular Biology

About us

Our Science 

We 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 value collaborative approaches to scientific inquiry, where connections between people fuel interdisciplinary science and break boundaries across varied experimental systems. Against a backdrop of cutting-edge biological research, we work as a team of educators and mentors to inspire and train the next generation of scientists and global citizens. 

 Our Community 

At the core of the MCB department is a commitment to foster an environment in which all individuals have the opportunity to thrive. It is our shared responsibility to create an inclusive culture, where we support and respect each other as colleagues. We embrace a diverse range of perspectives, expertise, identities, experiences, talents, and abilities. By continually strengthening this foundation of investing in the well-being of our people, we enable our community’s growth and pursuit of the creative and innovative approaches that underlie scientific excellence. 

Our Guiding Principles

We hold ourselves and the community accountable to the following set of values: 

We foster a safe and supportive environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity and is able to work towards their aspirations. 

We encourage difficult conversations about racial, gender, structural and other inequities in our labs, institutions, and society.We listen actively and openly and seek to continually learn from one another during these respectful and open dialogues. 

We take active steps to diversify our community demographics, promote equitable practices, and eliminate systemic racism and other inequities in our departmental structures. 

We prioritize the well-being of our community members and create avenues of support for all, with a particular focus on the needs of Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, first generation students, people from underprivileged backgrounds, and other community members underrepresented in the scientific community.We prioritize diversity, inclusion, and belonging work, advocate for it at all levels and actively include it in all departmental discussions.  


We carry out our work responsibly and ethically, recognizing that our own choices are reflections of both ourselves and our community. As a department, we are committed to building institutional accountability and transparency in our decision-making processes.  


Latest News

(l to r) Ziyuan Zhao, Doeke Hekstra, and Phyllis Zhang

Two Undergraduates Win Hoopes Prize for Research Conducted in Hekstra Lab

Phyllis Zhang (Chemistry & Physics and Computer Science  ’23) and Ziyuan Zhao (Chemistry & Physics and Computer Science ‘23) from the Hekstra Lab have been awarded the prestigious […]

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Camila Ossa

Staff Spotlight: Camila Ossa

MCB HR Coordinator Camila Ossa has been named as a recipient of the Dean’s Distinction, one of the most prestigious honors awarded to Harvard staff members. MCB community […]

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(l to r) Will Xiao, Hasreet Gill, Anurag Limdi, Gal Lumbroso, Sam Carlson, Kalki Kukreja, Katie Miller, Jiseon Min, Julien Barrere, Sylvia Hurlimann, Abby Knecht, Jenny Zheng, Pu Zheng, Kumaresh Krishnan, and Yen-Der Li

Congratulations to ALL 2023 Graduates!

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Graduating PhD Student Kate Shulgina’s Research Featured in Commencement Issue of In Focus

More about Kate’s research and the Eddy lab  

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Upcoming Events

Dissertation Defense: Alex McQuown (Denic Lab)

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