Training and research in the department range from general biology to more specialized fields of study and investigation. Quantitative aspects of biology are emphasized and molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, and cell biology are an essential part of the academic program. Courses are designed to give students a solid background in the physical sciences and an integrated scientific perspective. Students graduate from the MIT Department of Biology with the intellectual resources they need to assume leading roles in many areas, including research, teaching, and industry.

The Department of Biology fosters a highly collaborative environment in which scientists and students engage with both fundamental research and its applications. School of Science biologists work to solve a range of problems, from unfolding the numerous pathways essential to the life of the cell to uncovering the etiology of human diseases such as cancer, heart disease, or neuromuscular disorders, to engineering cells to sense their environments in novel ways. Located at the heart of one of the world’s most vibrant tech/pharma hubs, the department enjoys a rigorous and dynamic culture where there are exciting opportunities for research, employment, and the communication of new discoveries.


Selected Awards and Honors

  • Nobel Prize, Phillip A Sharp
  • American Philosophical Society Resident Member, Robert A Weinberg
  • National Academy of Sciences Member, Susumu Tonegawa