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Department of Molecular
and Cellular Biology

About us

Our mission is to 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 education and supported by cutting-edge research centers and state-of-the-art facilities on Harvard’s Cambridge campus.

Areas of research within MCB are highly diverse, ranging from the study of RNA structure, chromosome movement and cell wall synthesis, to membrane biogenesis, organ development and odor sensing. Our experimental systems are equally varied, ranging from viruses, bacteria and yeast, to Drosophila, C. elegans, zebrafish, and mouse.

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Holiday Gift Drive and Bake Sale Benefit Rosie’s Place Women’s Shelter

For the second year in a row, items donated to the annual MCB gift drive went to Rosie’s Place, a women’s shelter in downtown Boston. This year’s drive, […]

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Upcoming Events

Career Series: Carl Cohen

  • 12am - Monday Jan 13, 2020
  • Biological Laboratories (Biolabs) Room 1080, Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

CBS Seminar: John Calarco (Toronto)

  • 12pm - Tuesday Jan 28, 2020
  • Biological Laboratories (Biolabs) Room 1080, Divinity Avenue, Cambridge