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 25 - Mara Goodyear has been selected as the 2015-16 recipient of the Highdale Farms-Spoerri Scholarship in Natural Sciences. Mara starts her Ph.D. program in the fall with Dr. Cezar Khursigara. Congratulations Mara!
          • May 13 - Fire Prevention Officers, Scott Hamilton and Karen MacDonald, demonstrate laser-driven fire extinguishers
          • May 11 - Rabih Rouyafel, a Ph.D. student of Prof. Dick Mosser, leads study on how a heat shock protein made by cells under stress prevents normal cell death

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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!