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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(l to r) Kalki Kukreja, Iris Odstrcil, Paul Schwein, Nico Wagner, Ann Aindow, Mariela Petkova, Julien Grimaud, (not shown) Candice Akiti, James Lee, Emily Nagy, Vincent Pham, and Joseph Zak

MCB Grad Students and Postdocs Recognized for Outstanding Teaching!

Each semester, the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning honors outstanding teaching fellows, teaching assistants, and course assistants with the Q Award. The Q Awardees are chosen […]

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EPB to Hold Annual Symposium, Saturday, April 7

On Saturday, April 7, the annual Engineering and Physical Biology (EPB) Symposium will be held in Room B101 of the Northwest Building, 52 Oxford St. Speakers from constituent […]

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(l to r) Carl Wivagg, Saman Hussain, and Ethan Garner

Understanding How Small Curved Filaments Create Rod-shaped Cells [Garner Lab]

One of the simplest and highly conserved bacterial shapes is a rod. In order to grow, rod-shaped bacteria restrict their growth so that they maintain a constant width […]

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Rick Losick (l) and Jan Pero

For Want of a Template [Rich Losick and Jan Pero]

Rich came to Harvard from MIT in 1969 as a Junior Fellow, setting up shop on the third floor of the Biological Laboratories in space kindly provided by […]

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Upcoming Events

Cellular Dynamics Research Talks: Susan Shao (HMS)

  • 11am - Monday Mar 26, 2018
  • Biological Laboratories (Biolabs) Room 1080, Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

Thursday Seminar: Vivek Jayaraman, Janelia Reseach Campus (MCB)

  • 12pm - Thursday Mar 29, 2018
  • Northwest Science Building Lecture Hall B-103, Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA