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

(top l to bottom r) Xin Duan, Arjun Krishnaswamy, Mallory Laboulaye, Jinyue Liu, Yi-Rong Peng, Masahito Yamagata, and Josh Sanes

A Family Affair [Sanes Lab]

Each part of the mammalian brain holds a large number of neuronal types – at least a hundred and perhaps a thousand or more.  These cells connect up […]

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A Nobel Incubator: How a Single Floor in a Single Building Fostered Extraordinary Scientific Talent

A striking phenomenon in the biomedical sciences is that great scientists sometimes arise in clusters at a particular time and place that fosters outstanding scientific achievement.  Certain institutions, […]

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MCO First-year graduate students

MCB Research Retreat This Weekend

Meet the First-year graduate students: Easun Arunachalam   Luolan Bai   Karen Bao   Julien Barrere   Rui Fang   Yuan Fang   Patrick Gainey   Shreyas Gopalakrishnan […]

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(l to r) Hope Merens, Karen Bao, Alex McQuown, Paula Pelayo, Easun Arunachalam, and Megan He

Six Harvard Grad Students Selected As NSF Graduate Research Fellows

The National Science Foundation (NSF)’s prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) provides funding to promising graduate students. This fall, six MCO graduate students– Easun Arunachalam, Karen Bao, Megan […]

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Upcoming Events

Cellular Dynamics Research Talks: Tarun Kumar & Zheng Shi

  • 12pm - Monday Sep 24, 2018
  • Biological Laboratories (Biolabs) Room 1080, Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

CBS Seminar: Kate Wassum (UCLA)

  • 12pm - Tuesday Sep 25, 2018
  • Biological Laboratories (Biolabs) Room 1080, Divinity Avenue, Cambridge