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

A Symposium in Celebration of Matthew Meselson

  Matthew Meselson faculty profile      

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Renate Hellmiss a Harvard Hero

When Renate Hellmiss learned she had been named a Harvard Hero this year, she was shocked. She was surprised by the award itself, and was quick to throw […]

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Investigating How Sharks and Skates Sense Electric Fields [Bellono Lab]

Sensory systems evolve to detect and transduce stimuli that are most relevant to an animal’s physiological or behavioral context. Ancient cartilaginous fishes, such as sharks, skates, and rays, […]

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(l to r) Dr. Dominic Mao (Assistant director MCB and CPB), Dr. Vlad Denic (Head tutor, MCB), Eric Li, Anna Lachenauer, Richard Ng, Alan Gao, Emily Gonzalez, Dr. Rachelle Gaudet, and Dr. Adam Cohen (CPB Co-head tutors)

Congratulations to Hoopes and Henderson Thesis Award Winners!

Five MCB seniors have been recognized for their outstanding work on their theses. Richard Ng’s thesis garnered the 2018 Lawrence J. Henderson Prize, an annual award given out […]

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Upcoming Events

MCB Staff Talk: Rich Losick

  • 12pm - Wednesday Jun 20, 2018
  • Biological Laboratories (Biolabs) Room 1080, Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

MCB Scientific Retreat- By registration Only

  • 12am - Friday Sep 14, 2018