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

  • Feb 19 - External examiner Dr. Karin Sauer has graciously accepted to give a seminar during her visit.   Everyone is welcome to attend. SSC 1511 at 2pm.
  • Feb 11 - Applications for Summer 2016 URA/USRA/MCB-SRA awards are now closed.
  • Feb 10 - Dr. Malcolm Campbell, VP Research gives seminar in MCB Distinguished Speaker Series
  • Feb 1 - The Globe and Mail interviews Dr. Emma Allen-Vercoe: "The ins and outs of using stool samples to fight infections". Chatelaine interview from Jan 21 on "How the science of gut health could radically change modern medicine"
  • Jan 22 - "Burgers over beakers":   Molecular Biology Ph.D. graduate and millennial, Priya Dhillon (Dhanoa) uses her skill-set to become a successful entrepreneur

... 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!