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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

Thank You & Enjoy Your Break! 

With holidays approaching, MCB would like to thank students, staff, faculty, and postdocs for being part of the MCB community.  Whether you’re marking this weekend with a “Turkey […]

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Lindsay Guest

Staff Spotlight: Lindsay Guest (MCO Program Administrator)

After two years working as MCO’s Program Coordinator, Lindsay Guest was appointed MCO Program Administrator in August. Her role has expanded to include comprehensive management of the program, […]

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Andrew Murray (l) and Marco Fumasoni

Who Gets to Decide How Cells Evolve?

Evolutionary adaptation is the process by which organisms change or acquire features over time in response to new challenges. The ability of organisms to adapt is remarkable and […]

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MCB’s Annual Gift Drive Collecting Kids’ Winter Coats for Cradles to Crayons

This year, MCB’s Annual Gift Drive is collecting winter coats in all children’s sizes, as well as kids’ socks, for the nonprofit Cradles to Crayons. Established in 2002, […]

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Upcoming Events

Thursday Seminar: Kara McKinley, SCRB

  • 12pm - Thursday Dec 2, 2021
  • Biological Laboratories (Biolabs) Room 1080, Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

MCB Friday Talks

  • 4pm - Friday Dec 3, 2021
  • Biological Laboratories (Biolabs) Room 1080, Divinity Avenue, Cambridge