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 (l) and José Velilla

José Velilla of the Gaudet Lab Receives HHMI Gilliam Fellowship

Chemical biology grad student José Velilla [G4] of the Gaudet Lab has been named as a recipient of HHMI’s Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study. The Gilliam Fellowship supports […]

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LJ Connelly (l) and Alex Gonsalves

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2019 MCB Staff Badminton Tournament!

1st – LJ Connelly (MCB/CBS Core Admin – Finance) and Alex Gonsalves (Northwest Building – Shipping and Receiving ) 2nd – Katie Scrocca (MCB Core Admin – MCB Graduate […]

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(l to r) Alex Schier, Martin Haesemeyer, and Florian Engert

Comparative Computation Across Biological and Artificial Neural Networks

In a recent paper in Neuron (PDF) the Engert and Schier labs uncover striking similarities in stimulus representation and computation across biological and artificial neural networks performing temperature […]

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Caroline Wee

Pain in the (Fish) Brain

When we think of the neurons that control pain-induced behavior, what usually comes to mind are the simple peripheral and spinal reflex circuits described in medical textbooks. This […]

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Upcoming Events

HCBI Summer Lunch and Learn Lectures: Image analysis pipelines with KNIME and…

  • 12pm - Wednesday Aug 21, 2019
  • Biological Laboratories (Biolabs) Room 1080, Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

Menglu Qian Dissertation Defense

  • 10am - Monday Aug 26, 2019
  • BL 1080