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

  • Nov 27 - MCB supports Adopt-A-Family Program for 12th year. Donations gratefully accepted until Nov. 27 in SSC 4478.
  • Nov 18 - MCB Distinguished Speaker Dr. David Evans, University of Alberta discusses "Fun with poxviruses".
  • Nov 17 - Guest seminar with Dr. Cynthia Baldwin, University of Massachusetts Amherst.
  • Nov 12 - MCB Raffle raises $886 - just enough to squeak over the $20,000 target set for MCB's United Way. Thanks to everyone who participated and donated in any way!
  • Nov 3 - Harry Potter event attracts aspiring scientists. Kudos to the Let's Talk Science coordinators/grad students, Brandon Wyse, Alex Swirski and Tara Harvey for organizing this magical event!

... 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!