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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: 

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

Engagement
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. 

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

Support
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.  

Integrity 

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.  

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Latest News

Ryan Nett

Faculty Spotlight: Ryan Nett

Plant biochemist Ryan Nett has joined MCB as an Assistant Professor. His lab will investigate how plants build small molecules, including compounds with medicinal potential. He is also […]

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(l to r) Nao Uchida, Iku Tsutsui-Kimu, Mitsuko Watabe-Uchida, and Yudi Xie

Approach, Engage, or Avoid? How Mice React to Strange Objects [Uchida Lab]

In their everyday lives, animals face unusual scents and unfamiliar objects that pose difficult problems, such as: should the animal approach, avoid, or ignore strange stimuli? Choosing appropriately […]

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Anik Grearson (Bellono Lab) created the art that is used for the T-shirt and event posters

MCB Community Heads to Beach for Annual Research Retreat (September 16-17)

The 2022 MCB Research retreat will begin today. MCB community members are heading to the beach town of North Falmouth, Massachusetts. Activities will include poster sessions, research presentations, […]

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Join Us for the Life Sciences Community Shindig This Friday!

Harvard’s life sciences departments—’MCB, CCB, HSCRB, HEB, and OEB—are kicking off the semester with the first-ever Life Sciences Shindig in front of the BioLabs on Friday, September 9. […]

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Upcoming Events

MCB Thursday Seminar: Vanessa Ruta (Rockefeller)

  • 12pm - Thursday Sep 29, 2022
  • Northwest Building (Room NW B103), 52 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

MCB Friday Talks @ 4PM

  • 4pm - Friday Sep 30, 2022
  • Biological Laboratories (Room BL1080), 16 Divinity Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA