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Department of Molecular
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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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Zach Altshuler

Henderson Prize Awarded to MCB Concentrator Zach Altshuler (‘20)

Zach Altshuler (MCB ‘20) has been awarded the Henderson Prize, which recognizes outstanding undergraduate thesis work in biochemistry. The prize is awarded by the Board of Tutors in […]

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Jacob McLennan

Jacob McLennan (Neuro ‘20) Garners Dowling Thesis Prize

Jacob McLennan (Neuro ‘20) has been chosen to receive this year’s Dowling Thesis Prize. The award, named for MCB faculty John Dowling, recognizes outstanding thesis work in neurobiology […]

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Congratulations to Class of 2020! [The Video Celebration]

Commencement won’t be the same this year, and spring of 2020 has been far from a typical semester. With almost everyone working from home and strict social distancing […]

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(l to r) Yi Hua Chen, Tessa Han, Adriana Méndez Leal, and Madeleine Snyder

CPB and MCB Concentrators and Recent Neuro Alumni Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships!

Two graduating seniors—Yi Hua Chen (CPB ‘20) and Tessa Han (MCB and Statistics ‘20)—and two recent alumni—Adriana Méndez Leal (Neuro ‘16) and Madeleine Snyder (Neuro ‘17)—have been awarded […]

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Upcoming Events

MCB Zoom Seminars: Nathan Lord

  • 12pm - Thursday Jun 11, 2020

Alyson Ramirez Dissertation Defense

  • 10am - Thursday Aug 27, 2020