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Department Head: Alan Grossman


The Department of Biology has developed a unique graduate program based on a philosophy of training students broadly in modern biology. Their program is designed for students with widely diverse academic and research experiences.  

By the end of their first year, Biology students have acquired both a strong foundation in the principles of modern biology and exposure to contemporary thinking in a wide variety of specific fields. Graduate students become directly involved in many of the most significant research accomplishments of the Department and go on to become leaders in their fields, both in academic and industrial settings, all over the world. The Department's research labs are in the Koch Biology Building, the Broad Institute, the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, the McGovern Center for Brain Research, the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory and the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. Areas of research include: biochemistry and biophysics, bioinformatics, bioengineering, cancer biology, cell biology, developmental biology, human genetics, genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular medicine and human disease, neurobiology, plant molecular biology, structural biology, systems biology, and virology. Often, the research projects of any one laboratory involve more than one of these categories.

Department of Biology-Graduate Program

MIT Course Bulletin-Biology Graduate Program