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

(l to r) Dr. Dominic Mao (Assitant 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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Doeke Hekstra Chosen as Searle Scholar

MCB and SEAS assistant professor Doeke Hekstra has been chosen as a 2018 Searle Scholar. Each year, the Searles Scholar Program–administered by the Kinship Foundation and funded by […]

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(l to r) Samuel Gershman, Benedicte M. Babayan, and Naoshige Uchida

Believing in Dopamine [Uchida Lab]

Predicting future rewards depends critically on beliefs about the current state of the world. For example, suppose you go to a restaurant with two chefs, one who you’ve […]

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Upcoming Events

MCB Staff Talk: Rich Losick

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

Mu-ming Poo -Radcliffe Institute’s annual Dean’s Lecture in Sciences

  • 4pm - Thursday May 2, 2019
  • Knafel Center, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA