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

Elizabeth May

MCO Grad Student Elizabeth May Named as Aramont Fund Fellow!

MCO graduate student Elizabeth May (G4) of the Gaudet Lab has received a fellowship from the Aramont Fund for Emerging Science Research in support of a project called […]

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(l to r) Zhechun (Lance) Zhang, Steven Zwick, and Sharad Ramanathan

For Signaling Receptors, Location Matters [Ramanathan Lab]

For embryos to develop properly, cells must communicate with one another over long ranges through diffusive chemical signals called morphogens. These signals act as instructive cues for the […]

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(l to r) Johan Paulsson, Nathan Lord, Rich Losick, and Thomas Norman

For Bacillus subtilis, Fate is Just a Game [Losick Lab]

Bacillus subtilis is a bacterium with many talents. Some cells devote themselves to exploration, abandoning their relatives to live as swimming ‘motile’ cells. Others instead choose a cooperative, […]

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Kapil Ramachandran

Harvard Junior Fellow Kapil Ramachandran Receives Prestigious NIH Director’s Early Independence Award

The signal kept vanishing, but Kapil Ramachandran (@KVRamachandran5) kept searching for it. The then-graduate-student at Johns Hopkins was using tracing molecules called “radiolabels” to follow the life of […]

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Upcoming Events

CBS Seminar: Elena Gracheva, (Yale)

  • 12pm - Tuesday Oct 15, 2019
  • Biological Laboratories (Biolabs) Room 1080, Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

MCB Staff Talk: Nick Bellono

  • 12pm - Wednesday Oct 16, 2019
  • Biological Laboratories (Biolabs) Room 1080, Divinity Avenue, Cambridge