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PhD Program

The Harvard PhD program in Cell Biology (CB) is part of the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Dynamics (MCD2) Training Program supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS).  MCD2 represents a interdepartmental collaboration between HMS Departments that offers a highly interdisciplinary program of research, educational resources, and community interaction.


As the breadth of research in the Department of Cell Biology is vast, we welcome students from a wide variety of umbrella and specialized programs within Harvard Integrated Life Sciences (HILS). Many students enter through Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS), the largest graduate program in HILS.  This interdepartmental program offers interdisciplinary training in the research areas of biochemistry, cell biology, computational biology, developmental biology, genetics, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, structural biology, translational medicine, and virology. Many of our faculty are members of multiple graduate programs, and our graduate trainees also come from other graduate programs within HILS, including Biophysics, Chemical Biology, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Neuroscience, and Virology

If you would like to join our department as a Harvard graduate student, please apply through Harvard Integrated Life Sciences (HILS).


Postdoctoral Program

Scientific and career mentoring

All Cell Biology postdocs have opportunities to interact with departmental faculty in a variety of settings, including social hour, journal clubs, scientific workshops, career development workshops, and departmental retreats.

Postdocs are encouraged to choose a secondary faculty mentor soon after arrival.  This secondary mentor will assist with scientific and career development and networking within the department and school.

Additional postdoc resources

The HMS/HSDM Office for Postdoctoral Fellows is also a great resource for the broader postdoctoral community. This office works to enhance the development and experience of the postdoctoral community by assisting them in obtaining skills necessary to pursue academic and non-academic science careers.