With great discoveries precedes a solid educational foundation. Compiling a list of the top 5 molecular biology and genetics universities in the world takes in a variety of factors such as awards given, reputation, number of papers cited, and more. Keeping all of these factors in mind, here are the top 5 molecular biology and genetics universities in the world.

Harvard University


Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University was founded in 1963 and is among the oldest universities in the United States. Their top rated subjects include biology and biochemistry, clinical medicine, economics and business, immunology, molecular biology and genetics, neuroscience and behavior, pharmacology and toxicology, psychiatry/psychology, and social sciences and public health according to U.S. News. It is ranked first for Best Global Universities. The Harvard Medical school is based in Boston, and the research areas encompass more than 100 centers. Harvard is a private semester-based university with English as the primary language of instruction. Their undergraduate admission rate is 6%.

Additional information: Harvard's Undergraduate Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

University of California, Berkeley

UC Berkeley

Ranked third in Best Global Universities, UC Berkeley is a public university located in Berkeley, California. The semester-based academic calendar makes UC Berkeley stand apart from its other UC counterparts, with the only other school featuring a semester-based calendar being UC Merced. The most popular majors include social sciences, biological and biomedical sciences, engineering, and English language and literature/letters. The urban campus is situated across 1,232 acres and is a liberal hub of student activism. Greek life is also a thriving component of the campus, with dozens of social fraternity and sorority chapters available. Recently, a microscope has been created to observe and control brain activity.

Additional information: University of California, Berkeley's Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Simmons Hall

Globally, MIT ranked second in Best Global Universities, with engineering, computer science, biological and biomedical sciences, physical sciences, and mathematics as the most popular majors according to U.S. News. Founded in 1861, MIT has a 7.9% acceptance rate and is located across the Charles River in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Within the campus is a dorm designed by Steven Holl called "The Sponge" and exemplifies the campus culture. Rather than following a semester or quarter system, MIT follows a 4-1-4 system in which a four week Independent Activities Period follows in January. During the Independent Activities Period, undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and staff participate in forums, lectures, recitals, and other activities. 90% of the undergraduate student body participates in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program of which allows students and faculty to partner together for research projects.

Additional information: MIT School of Science

University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge was founded in 1209 and possesses a global reputation for world-class original research. Located 60 miles north of London, the University Library is a copyright library with more than eight million books, journals, and other academic material. The financial aid available ensures that students do not feel the need to work part time during their term; a good work-life balance is the stance the University possesses. More than 80% of their undergraduate student body is interviewed prior to being accepted. According to the Complete University Guide, there is 679 postgraduate students in the Biological Sciences research area of study, with 6 students teaching. Postgraduate students work with the academic staff of whom are leaders within their field to expand their knowledge and understanding in the subject.

Additional information: School of the Biological Sciences

Stanford University

Stanford University

Ranked first in Biological Sciences and fourth in Molecular Biology according to U.S. News, Stanford University is a private institution with a 5.1% acceptance rate. Stanford was founded in 1885 and is located in Silicon Valley within California. Their highly ranked graduate programs include the School of Education, School of Engineering, Law School, School of Medicine, and their Graduate School of Business. According to Forbes, Stanford University is ranked twelfth in research universities and seventh in the region. More than 5,300 research projects are externally sponsored, garnering a total budget of over $1.3 billion. 21 of its community scholars are Nobel laureates, 27 are MacArthur Fellows, 4 are Pulitzer Prize winners, and 3 are Presidential Medal of Freedom winners.

Additional information: Stanford Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology



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