Harvard University - Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology


Greetings and welcome to the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB), at the main Cambridge campus of Harvard University.   We are a collegial and energetic community of researchers dedicated to providing a rich educational environment for our undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows, while keeping our faculty research at the highest levels of excellence.

The scientific questions explored in the department span a wide range that include as diverse topics as Biochemistry and Biophysics, Genetics and Genomics; Development and Cell Biology, Immunology and Molecular Evolution as well as Neurobiology and Structural Biology. Each individual laboratory benefits greatly from close interactions and collaborations with colleagues working next door on related questions in sometimes surprisingly different fields. It is this cross-disciplinarity, coupled to an atmosphere filled with genuine enthusiasm and a deep-rooted passion for scientific discovery that makes MCB such an exciting place to do research in and to explore the many unsolved questions in biology. An additional benefit of working here at the Biolabs is the close proximity to our sister departments of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Physics, The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Psychology. Many collaborative projects between laboratories at MCB and these departments provide a compelling demonstration that the interaction of scientists in distinctly different areas of expertise can result in groundbreaking new discoveries that wouldn't be possible in a scientific monoculture.

Although our faculty's research represents traditional and interdisciplinary fields of biology, the department's growth and development in recent years also reflects the revolution occurring in biology that benefits from new genome-wide approaches, powerful new computer and microscope tools, and cross-fertilization of discoveries in biology and other science and engineering disciplines.

As a community, the department comprises 30-some faculty, 85 graduate students and 120 postdoctoral fellows supported by over 200 staff members, housed in two buildings. We're located in the "science neighborhood" of the campus, which includes a number of other science departments.

The intellectual life of the department is being increasingly enriched as our faculty participate in the development of new interdisciplinary centers, such as the FAS Center for Systems Biology, the Center for Brain Science, the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and others.  

The department's commitment to train and educate the next generation of students and postdoctoral scientists, to meet the challenges of leadership roles in all areas of the life sciences, is reflected in the dynamic and up-to-date curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.   Our faculty strongly believe in mentoring our students, and we stress the importance of good mentoring and how it interfaces with good teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.   This website will guide you to information about the undergraduate core curriculum, as well as to our three highly interdisciplinary graduate training programs.

I hope you'll find this website to be a useful window through which you can glimpse the life of the department and learn about our research, our graduate programs, and other activities.   If you can't find what you're looking for, or simply wish to leave a comment, please .

Thanks for visiting,

Catherine Dulac

updated: 10/16/2012