Molecular and Cellular Biology, MCB (Microbiology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Plant Biology, Molecular Biology and Genetics) University of Guelph


The Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology (MCB) is one of three academic units within the College of Biological Science (CBS). It was established in 2005 by combining the former departments of Microbiology and Molecular Biology & Genetics, including biochemists from Chemistry & Biochemistry and faculty from Botany. You will find MCB in the Summerlee Science Complex.

News and Events

          • May 31 - Team MCB (Khursigara lab) takes part in CARSTARS Great Strides Walk™ for Cystic Fibrosis Canada; fundraising events include bake sale and Mother's Day flowers. Go Team Go!
          • May 5 - Alison Berezuk and Véronique Taylor, Ph.D. candidates and co-recipients of the Dr. Donald Robert Phillips Scholarships, will present their seminars - Congratulations to both of you!
          • May 4 - 2015 CBS Ann Oaks Lecture in the Biological Sciences, with Dr. Andrew Hanson at 3pm in OVC 1714
          • Apr 23 - CBS Graduate Student Symposium is another success
          • Apr 22 - The Gut-Brain Interaction and Autism Spectrum Disorder - Dr. Allen-Vercoe and her research team part of the Autism Research Program for Department of Defense
          • Apr 21 - Student awards presentation. Congrats to all!
          • Apr 21 - Careers in Biology Day (schedule)
          • Apr 13 - Prof. Chris Whitfield Canada Research Chair (CRC Tier 1) in molecular microbiology renewed for second time - Congratulations!
          • Apr 10 - Congratulations to Ph.D. graduate student, Jenelle Patterson, recipient of this year's "Class of OAC '60 Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant"

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The Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology (MCB) provides a stimulating environment to pursue graduate or undergraduate studies in the molecular biosciences. Our 42 faculty members direct research programs that involve multidisciplinary approaches to address novel biological questions at the level of organization of molecules to cells. Research in MCB spans a range of important eukaryotic and prokaryotic systems, and addresses fundamental and applied research problems. The Molecular and Cellular Biology graduate program offers attractive opportunities for graduate studies leading to Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees. Some of our faculty members also participate in interdisciplinary graduate programs in Aquaculture, Biophysics, Neuroscience and Toxicology. Currently, faculty members supervise more than 120 graduate students. The Department is home to the undergraduate B.Sc. Majors in Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology and Genetics. The Biochemistry and Microbiology majors both offer a co-op option. More than 400 undergraduate students are currently enrolled in these programs and they are exposed to a wide range of courses offering in-depth training and hands-on experience in the molecular biosciences. Welcome to our website!