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Department of Molecular
and Cellular Biology

About us

Our Science 

We 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 value collaborative approaches to scientific inquiry, where connections between people fuel interdisciplinary science and break boundaries across varied experimental systems. Against a backdrop of cutting-edge biological research, we work as a team of educators and mentors to inspire and train the next generation of scientists and global citizens. 

 Our Community 

At the core of the MCB department is a commitment to foster an environment in which all individuals have the opportunity to thrive. It is our shared responsibility to create an inclusive culture, where we support and respect each other as colleagues. We embrace a diverse range of perspectives, expertise, identities, experiences, talents, and abilities. By continually strengthening this foundation of investing in the well-being of our people, we enable our community’s growth and pursuit of the creative and innovative approaches that underlie scientific excellence. 

Our Guiding Principles

We hold ourselves and the community accountable to the following set of values: 

We foster a safe and supportive environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity and is able to work towards their aspirations. 

We encourage difficult conversations about racial, gender, structural and other inequities in our labs, institutions, and society.We listen actively and openly and seek to continually learn from one another during these respectful and open dialogues. 

We take active steps to diversify our community demographics, promote equitable practices, and eliminate systemic racism and other inequities in our departmental structures. 

We prioritize the well-being of our community members and create avenues of support for all, with a particular focus on the needs of Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, first generation students, people from underprivileged backgrounds, and other community members underrepresented in the scientific community.We prioritize diversity, inclusion, and belonging work, advocate for it at all levels and actively include it in all departmental discussions.  


We carry out our work responsibly and ethically, recognizing that our own choices are reflections of both ourselves and our community. As a department, we are committed to building institutional accountability and transparency in our decision-making processes.  


Latest News

Wishing Everyone a Happy Break!

On November 23rd and November 24th, the university will be closed for Thanksgiving break. We’d like to wish everyone who observes the holiday a happy turkey day!  We […]

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Lewis C Cantley

Lewis C. Cantley Will Deliver the John T. Edsall Lecture on December 7

Distinguished cell biologist Lewis C. Cantley of Dana Farber Cancer Institute will deliver the John T. Edsall Lecture on Thursday, December 7, 2023 at noon in the Northwest […]

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Florian Engert (l) and Bence Ölveczky

Faculty Florian Engert and Bence Ölveczky to Compete in Clipper Round the World Sailing Race

MCB faculty Florian Engert and OEB faculty Bence Ölveczky are spending their sabbaticals on the high seas, competing in a sailboat race around the world. They will launch […]

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Benjamin Chang

Benjamin Chang (CPB and Computer Science ‘24) Awarded Rhodes Scholarship

CPB and Computer Science concentrator Benjamin Chang (‘24) has received a Rhodes Scholarship to study engineering at the University of Oxford next year. He is one of ten […]

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Upcoming Events

MCB Thursday Seminar: DOTY LECTURE - Scott Keeney, Ph.D.

  • 12pm - Thursday Nov 30, 2023
  • Northwest Building (Room NW B103), 52 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

MCB Community Forum

  • 4pm - Friday Dec 1, 2023
  • Biological Laboratories (Room BL1080), 16 Divinity Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA