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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

CPB, MCB, and Neuro Concentrators Contribute to Arts First Festival

Each spring, Harvard hosts its annual Arts First festival, which celebrates and showcases the creative endeavors of the Harvard community members. Concentrators in CPB, MCB, and Neuroscience are […]

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Amanda Whipple

New MCB 197 Course an Unequivocal Success

MCB Assistant Professor Amanda Whipple introduced a unique course this spring: MCB 197, Gene Regulation: A Bench-to-Bedside Journey. This course, unlike any other, delves into the intricate process […]

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Symposium on May 4 to Look at Impact of Gregor Mendel on Modern Genetics Research

A genetics symposium honoring “father of genetics” Gregor Mendel will be held on Saturday, May 4 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm at the Geological Lecture Hall on […]

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(l to r) Jen Yi, Aditya Wirawan, Rachelle Gaudet (Chair of MCB), Emma Nagy, María Angélica Bravo Núñez, Courtney Whilden, and Mark Polk; (not shown) Julie Heng, Jimena Luque, Lily Mai, and Kira Nagoshi

2024 MCB Mentorship Award Winners Announced

Three individuals were named the winners of the 2024 MCB Mentorship Award, which was announced at the MCB Community Forum on Friday, April 12. The award recognizes individuals […]

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Upcoming Events

MCB Thursday Seminar: Botond Roska, M.D., Ph.D.

  • 12pm - Thursday Apr 25, 2024
  • Northwest Building (Room NW B103), 52 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

Dissertation Defense: Divya Venkatasubramanian

  • 2pm - Thursday Apr 25, 2024
  • William James Hall B1