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

  • March 9 - Congratulations to MCB's Brianna Guild who was announced as the winner of the 2016 Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) Student of the Year Award!
  • March 8 - MCB's Christian Carlucci is moving on to compete at the university wide 3 Minute Thesis competition on March 28 at 1:00 pm in UC 442.
  • March 3 - Guest speaker, Dr. Gayatri Vedantum to discuss Clostridium difficile pathogenesis. Location: SSC 2315 @10am
  • Feb. 23 - MCB Prof, Dr. Emma Allen-Vercoe, discusses her research: "Gut Microbes Offer Clues to Dangerous Illness in Preterm Babies"
  • Feb. 21 - Congratulations to MCB's Dr. Merrill who was recently awarded an NSERC grant for honeybee research.
  • Jan. 26 - MCB Professors & Students featured in UofG's Research Magazine (Volume 33, No.1, 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, 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!