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

  • Jan. 17 - Attention Students! Winter 2017 LATE Lab Manual Sales are taking place in SSC 4481 from 8am - 4pm. See poster for details.
  • Jan. 16 - New this year! Disease, Development, and Aging (DDA) Journal Club starting January 16th. See poster for details.
  • Dec.19 - Congratulations to Dr. Jim Uniacke’s Lab which was selected as the Guelph Co-op Employer of the Year for 2016.
  • Dec. 19 - Congratulations to Dr. Peter Krell, who was recently awarded a Genome Canada/OGI Project Grant.
  • Dec. 16 - Volunteers from MCB deliver $550 in donations to the Guelph Humane Society.
  • Nov. 19 - Congratulations to Michal Pyc who won the  CSPB best student oral presentation award for his talk at the Canadian Society of Plant Biologists (CSPB) Eastern Regional Meeting.

... archived news / departmental newsletters

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, Molecular Biology & Genetics, and Neuroscience. 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!