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

        • Dec 18 - Prof. Chris Whitfield and research associate Dr. Brad Clarke are part of an international research team to figure out how bacteria use a “molecular ruler” -- A discovery which might ultimately help in developing drugs to fight bacterial infections
        • Dec 17 - Prof. Rod Merrill and his research team make a new discovery which aims to fight destructive bee disease
        • Nov. 29 - Congrats to grad students Howard Teresinski and Lily Nasanovsky for receiving awards at the Eastern Regional Meeting of the Canadian Society of Plant Biologists (CSPB)
        • Nov. 28 - MCB participates once again in the Children's Foundation of Guelph and Wellington's Adopt-A-Family Program
        • Ongoing - MCB GSC (Grad Student Council) is bursting with activity! Check it out on Facebook

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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!