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 13 - CBS Undergraduate Poster Day for ANY and ALL undergrad students participating in summer research projects in MCB, IB and HHNS - Register by Aug 7 with Dr. Nina Jones
          • July 21 - "If a picture’s worth a thousand words, then maybe a movie’s worth a million words." Cezar Khursigara talks about the new spinning disk confocal microscope
          • Jun 25 - Office of Research highlights Prof. Uniacke's new non-toxic technique which causes self-destruction of cancer cells
          • Jun 22 - Three from MCB receive NSERC graduate scholarships. Congratulations to Kiah Barton (Mathur lab), Sean Liston (Whitfield lab) and Mark Minow (Colasanti lab)!
          • June and July - Summer Faculty Luncheon Speaker Series - open to all CBS faculty, staff and students.

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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!