Harvard University - Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology


The Board of Tutors in Biochemical Sciences, which was established in 1926, runs the tutorial program for the Molecular and Cellular Biology and Chemical and Physical Biology concentrations. The tutorial program offers individualized instruction to all conentrators beginning at the time of declaration.

View a handout describing the history, goals, and format of the tutorial program.

View a list of Members of the Board of Tutors in Biochemical Sciences;

Download a PDF containing their research descriptions.

In the spring of 2006, a new cluster of eight Life Sciences concentrations was approved. Click here to learn more about those concentrations.

Lawrence J. Henderson Prize

The Henderson Prize honors the work of Professor Henderson (1878-1942), who began teaching at Harvard in 1905 and is best known for his research on blood biochemistry. The prize consists of a $350 book award, as well as a copy of Dr. Henderson's book, "Fitness of the Environment." Each year a committee of the Board of Tutors in Biochemical Sciences reviews all theses that have been evaluated as outstanding (A) by both thesis readers.  One (and occasionally two) students are awarded the Henderson Prize annually. 

For further information about the Henderson Prize, please contact Thomas Torello.


A. Thomas Torello, Ph.D.
Concentration Advisor in Biochemical Sciences

Lisa Fountain
Program Coordinator


Sherman Fairchild Building, Room 195
7 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: (617) 495-4106    Fax: (617) 496-6148

Office Hours are 9am to 5pm weekdays.
Meetings with Dr. Torello are by appointment only.

updated: 09/06/2012