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

Victoria D'Souza (l) and Vincent Pham

Fooling the Cell Twice: Dual Structural Mimicry for HIV Transcription [D’Souza Lab]

With Halloween right around the corner at the end of this month, those who choose to participate are given the opportunity to put on costumes and assume a […]

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(l to r) Jenny Chen, Jeff Moore, Lena van Giesen, Nicholas Tran, and Athar Malik

Five Postdocs Earn Fellowships to Study Neurobiology and Evolution

The educational backgrounds of Harvard MCB postdocs run the gamut from physician to data scientist to electrical engineer, each bringing a unique expertise to the community. This fall, […]

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(l to r) Vikrant Kapoor, Ryan Draft, Matthew McGill, and Venki Murthy

Staying on Track: A Look at How Ants Sense the World [Murthy Lab]

The world is a complicated place. In order to survive, an animal must detect and extract useful information from the environment to guide its behavior. Few animals do […]

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Awards Ceremony at Departmental Retreat Honors MCB Faculty, Postdocs, and Grad Students

This year, MCB community members gathered at Nantucket Beach Resort in Hull, MA for the annual MCB Department retreat. Some arrived by bus, others by car or bike, […]

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Upcoming Events

CBS Seminar: Rajesh Rao (University of Washington)

  • 12pm - Tuesday Oct 16, 2018
  • Biological Laboratories (Biolabs) Room 1080, Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

HCBI lunch and learn: How does a microscope work?

  • 12pm - Wednesday Oct 17, 2018
  • Biological Laboratories (Biolabs) Room 1080, Divinity Avenue, Cambridge