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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 molecular and cellular biology, genetics, genomics, and computational biology, while simultaneously training thousands of postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduates—many of whom now enjoy notable scientific careers. The Biology Department has been an “incubator” for the life sciences at MIT, contributing significantly to the creation of the Koch, Broad, McGovern, and Picower Institutes, as well as the ever-increasing number of biotechnology companies in Kendall Square and beyond.

As a collegial and energetic community, the Department of Biology comprises 60 primary faculty members who work in five research locations: Building 68, The Whitehead Institute, the Koch Institute, the Broad Institute, and the Picower Institute. Joint and adjunct faculty provide important connections to other departments including Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Chemistry, Biological Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering. The department has three living recipients of the Nobel Prize, 31 members of the National Academy of Science, 14 HHMI Investigators, one HHMI Early Career Investigator and seven recipients of the National of Medal of Science.

A gift to the Department of Biology supports research aimed at understanding fundamental aspects of biological systems, which in turn helps our renowned faculty and talented students relate advances in knowledge to practical applications, such as medical advances and drug development.