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

  • Aug 10 - Save the date! 2016 CBS undergraduate summer student poster symposium to be held in the Science Complex Atrium. Registration and schedule details to follow.
  • June 27 - U of G cardiology researchers 'Ride for Heart'
  • June 23 - Six MCB profs awarded NSERC research grants! Congrats to: Drs. M. Baker, A. Clarke, S. Graether, C. Khursigara, D. Mosser and T. Van Raay. Full Story
  • Jun 20 - Two new studies unravel new and unexpected mechanisms used by microbes; MCB researchers, C. Whitfield, O. Ovchinnikova, S. Liston, E. Mallette, M. Kimber and collaborators at the University of Alberta, publish their findings this month
  • Jun 3 - Cezar Khursigara is the recipient of the 2016 Canadian Society of Microbiology Fisher Scientific Award, which is given to stimulate and recognize new researchers in the microbiological sciences. Congratulations Cezar!
  • Jun 1 - Congrats to the "Grad Excellence Entrance Scholars", "Grad Tuition Scholars" and "D.F. Forster Medal Doctoral Recipient"!

... 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!