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

  • Jun 1 - 2016 Annual Canadian Oxidative Stress Consortium to be held in Guelph; co-chairs are Jim Uniacke and Scott Ryan
  • May 16 - Chance finding could transform plant production (Drs. Emes, Tetlow and Liu)
  • May 5 - U of G finding may rewrite cell biology textbooks; Dr. Jim Uniacke talks about his research with CTV news
  • May 1 - A big welcome to Dr. Marc Coppolino who will begin his five-year term as MCB Department Chair. Many thanks to outgoing chair, Dr. Rob Mullen for his hard work and dedication!
  • May - The new Master of Biotechnology Program is currently accepting new students for Fall 2016

... 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, 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!