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

Miguel Coelho (l) and Andrew Murray

One-punch Triggers of Genomic Chaos [Murray Lab]

We have discovered that cancer might arise faster than previously thought: by combining evolution of yeast cells and human cell culture experiments Miguel Coelho and Andrew Murray were […]

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(l to r) Rachelle Gaudet, Brandon Lee, Christina Zimanyi, Aaron Bozzi, John Nicoludis, and Casey Zhang

Open Sesame! Engineering a Transition Metal Transporter to Uncover its Substrate Pathways [Gaudet Lab]

Transport proteins embedded in the cellular membrane move chemical cargo into and out of cells, thus facilitating the acquisition of essential nutrients. Many transport proteins evolved from a […]

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(l to r) Josh Sanes, Yi-Rong Peng, Karthik Shekhar, Wenjun Yan, and Tavé van Zyl (preparing for lab meeting)

What We See with When We Look Straight Ahead [Sanes Lab]

As a particularly accessible part of the central nervous system, the mouse retina has emerged as a favorite model for analyzing the development, structure and function of neural […]

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How Ants Sniff Out the Right Path [Murthy Lab]

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

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Upcoming Events

CBS Seminar: Daniel Witvliet, University of Toronto

  • 12pm - Tuesday Feb 26, 2019
  • Biological Laboratories (Biolabs) Room 1080, Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

QuantBio Jr faculty Seminar: Dr. Geoffrey Furstenberg

  • 12pm - Tuesday Feb 26, 2019
  • Haller Hall, Geological Museum, 24 Oxford Street