Leading-edge research centers and facilities
The MIT Department of Biology is headquartered at the Koch Biology Building, but the activities of the department span five additional state-of-the-art research locations:
The technology platforms and interdisciplinary collaborations located in these facilities are rare or even unique among peer institutions. Each facility has grown out of the work of MIT biologists, and many faculty members have labs at these locations. All facilities are within a few minutes walk of one another.
Learn more about MIT Biology’s research locations.
Many members of the MIT Biology faculty are also members of one of the department’s five research centers. Still others hold joint appointments in biology and another MIT academic department, such as
These interdisciplinary partnerships result in innovative approaches to applied and basic research in areas like brain and cancer research, genetics and the human genome, infectious and neurodegenerative diseases, and stem-cell biology and regeneration.
Commitment to instruction and mentoring
MIT Biology’s strong faculty rankings reflect the passion of its professors for instruction and mentoring. A commitment to rigor and the highest standards of excellence combine in equal measure with support and collegiality. Collaboration and communication skills are highly valued. Professors mentor graduate students and they, in turn, mentor younger students. As part of their training, MIT Biology graduate students complete two semesters as teaching assistants.