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

John M. Nicoludis (l) and Rachelle Gaudet

Computing the Evolution of Specificity in Dynamic Protein Interfaces [Gaudet Lab]

As our brain develops, neurons need to connect to each other through synapses. We study a family of proteins called clustered protocadherins that help ensure that only proper […]

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Rachelle Gaudet (l) and José Velilla

José Velilla of the Gaudet Lab Receives HHMI Gilliam Fellowship [Gaudet Lab]

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 [Engert- and Schier Labs]

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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Upcoming Events

2019 MCO G1 Orientation

  • 12am - Thursday Aug 22, 2019

Menglu Qian Dissertation Defense

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