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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: 

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

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. 

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

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.  


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.  


Latest News

Aaron Abai

Aaron Abai (MCB ‘22) Joins Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Honor Society

MCB concentrator Aaron Abai (‘22) has been elected to the Harvard chapter of the prestigious academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa (PBK). Founded in 1776, PBK is the […]

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Kathleen Ran

Kathleen Ran (Neuro ‘21) Awarded Dowling Prize for Undergraduate Thesis Work in Neuroscience

Neuroscience concentrator Kathleen Ran (‘21) has been awarded the Dowling Thesis Prize, which honors outstanding thesis work by an undergraduate doing neurobiology research. The award’s namesake, MCB faculty […]

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MCB Community Pitches in to Help Fund COVID-19 Relief for India

In light of the intensifying COVID-19 crisis in India, students at Harvard and over a dozen other universities have banded together to raise funds for humanitarian relief. Since […]

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Dominic Mao

Dominic Mao Awarded Star Prize and Voted “Favorite Professor” by Undergraduates

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies in MCB and CPB and MCB Lecturer Dominic Mao has received two accolades for his work advising undergraduates: The 2021 Star Prize for […]

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Upcoming Events

Dissertation Defense: Annie Aindow

  • 2pm - Monday Jun 21, 2021
  • https://harvard.zoom.us/j/98084017469

Dissertation Defense: Mary Morrison

  • 1pm - Thursday Jul 15, 2021
  • https://harvard.zoom.us/j/94465576755