Harvard University COVID-19 updates

News from 2020

Microglia Help New Neurons Make the Right Connections [Murthy Lab]

Historically, it was thought that the brain lacked an immune system because the blood-brain barrier prevents the entry of immune cells from the rest of the body. However,…

Read more

Murthy and Dulac Appear in Panel Discussion about Science and History of Scent

Today, The Harvard Gazette featured a recent panel discussion about the science and cultural significance of scent. The panel included MCB faculty and Chair Venkatesh Murthy, along with…

Read more

Grad Student Jenelle Wallace of the Murthy Lab Wins Bowdoin Prize for Essay Writing

Graduate student Jenelle Wallace (G7) of the Murthy Lab has been named as one of four recipients of the 2019-2020 Bowdoin Prize for Graduate Students, which honors original…

Read more

Venki Murthy Comments on SEAS’s Move to Allston

MCB Chair, Venki Murthy, is quoted  in the Harvard Crimson. Murthy lab website    

Read more

Venkatesh Murthy Honored for Excellence in Mentoring

MCB chair Venkatesh Murthy has received the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award. The award, presented by the GSAS Graduate Student Council (GSC), recognizes a handful of faculty…

Read more

Staying on Track: A Look at How Ants Sense the World [Murthy Lab]

The world is a complicated place. In order to survive, an animal must detect and extract useful information from the environment to guide its behavior. Few animals do…

Read more

In the Olfactory Bulb, Being Normal Goes Against the Norm [Murthy Lab]

Perhaps the first lesson that we learn in any neuroscience course involves defining the unique properties of neurons. Neurons, we learn, are polarised entities where information flows from…

Read more

Smelling Complexity [ Murthy Lab]

You walk into a restaurant and immediately become aware of all the smells coming from the kitchen. These scents arise from small, volatile molecules called odorants. While there…

Read more

The Brain Representation of Social Information [Dulac and Murthy Labs]

Behaviors such as mating, territorial defense, parenting or predator avoidance, despite being instinctive, are modulated by social experience. Because instinctive behaviors can be elicited without any previous social…

Read more