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

Josh Sanes

MCB Professor Wins grant to Map the Eye

Joshua Sanes, the Jeff C. Tarr Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and the Paul J. Finnegan Family Director for Harvard’s Center for Brain Science, will head a […]

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Emily P. Balskus (l) and Vayu Maini Rekdal

Gut Microbes Eat our Medication

The first time Vayu Maini Rekdal manipulated microbes, he made a decent sourdough bread. At the time, young Maini Rekdal, and most people who head to the kitchen, […]

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Nick Bellono

Nick Bellono Awarded Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship!

MCB faculty Nick Bellono has been named as a Klingenstein-Simons Fellow in Neuroscience. The Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship, sponsored by the Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund and the Simons […]

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Nancy Hegarty

Nancy Hegarty Honored as a Harvard Hero

In 1975, amid the crush of people who flooded into Boston to watch the World Series, Nancy Hegarty had an epiphany. “The roads were a sea of people,” […]

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Upcoming Events

HCBI Summer Lunch and Learn Lectures: Computational imaging: algorithm driven…

  • 12pm - Wednesday Jul 24, 2019
  • Biological Laboratories (Biolabs) Room 1080, Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

HCBI Summer Lunch and Learn Lectures: ELYRA7 a new super-resolution platform

  • 12pm - Wednesday Aug 7, 2019
  • Biological Laboratories (Biolabs) Room 1080, Divinity Avenue, Cambridge