The Department of Biology at MIT is an internationally recognized pioneer in research and education. For over 50 years, the department has played a central role in the growth of molecular life sciences and the revolution in genetics, genomics, and computational biology, while simultaneously preparing thousands of postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduates, many of whom now enjoy notable scientific careers.
As a collegial and energetic community, the Department of Biology is comprised of 56 primary and 15 joint faculty housed in five buildings, three independent Institutes and five departments. Including emeritus faculty, the department has four Nobel Laureates, 36 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 10 Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigators, and three HHMI Early Career Investigators.
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