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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

Venki Murthy

Harvard Magazine Cover Story Highlights MCB Faculty Venki Murthy’s Research

MCB faculty Venki Murthy was one of three Harvard researchers featured in this month’s Harvard Magazine cover story on the science of smell. COVID-19, which often causes a […]

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Navish Wadhwa

Postdoc Navish Wadhwa (Berg and Garner Labs) Selected as an Intersections Science Fellows Symposium (ISFS) Associate

The Intersections Science Fellows Symposium (ISFS) has chosen research associate Navish Wadhwa of the Berg and Garner Labs as a 2021 ISFS associate. This year’s ISFS fellows and […]

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(l to r) Luis Boero, Alina Guse, Fabian Voigt, and Juan Ignacio “Nacho” Sanguinetti-Scheck

MCB Postdocs Luis Boero, Alina Guse, Nacho Sanguinetti-Scheck, and Fabian Voigt Earn Research Fellowships

Four postdocs from MCB labs recently received fellowships that will enable their research on bacterial gene expression, the olfactory system, deer mouse behavior, and cognition in larval zebrafish. […]

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Maati McKinney (l) and Anastasia Repouliou

MCO Graduate Students Maati McKinney (G1) and Anastasia Repouliou (G4) Awarded Research Fellowships

Fellowship funding for graduate students fuels research at universities around the world, the MCO (Molecules, Cells, & Organisms) Program is no exception. G1 Maati McKinney was awarded fellowships […]

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Upcoming Events

Thursday Seminar: Michael Do, HMS

  • 12pm - Thursday Oct 28, 2021
  • Biological Laboratories (Biolabs) Room 1080, Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

MCB Friday Talks

  • 4pm - Friday Oct 29, 2021
  • Biological Laboratories (Biolabs) Room 1080, Divinity Avenue, Cambridge