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MITx Biology

Bringing high-quality digital learning materials from the MIT Department of Biology to the MIT community and beyond!

educational videos

Interested in learning more about the structure of DNA? Want to delve deeper into the cell cycle, the process by which your cells divide and replicate? Check out our collection of short educational videos, designed with students and teachers in mind!

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MITxBio courses on edX

More info on the courses we offer to a global audience:
• 7.00x Intro to Biology – The Secret of Life
• 7.QBWx Quantitative Biology Workshop
• 7.28x Molecular Biology

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Now open: 7.00x Introduction to Biology – The Secret of Life with Professor Eric Lander! Learn for free: self-paced and open to the world.

Dr. Lander's [7.00x] course is a rare gem... The course is very polished and well-organized -- much more than any other course I have taken either online or at the University.

student on CourseTalk

This course [7.00x] is AWESOME! I totally love it. Challenging problem sets, crystal clear lectures of Prof. Lander, guidance from fellow mates (on the forums) and deep dives- what else would one want in a good course. Good job 7.00x team!

Nalin Venkat Sameera on CourseTalk

I have done over 30 MOOCS and [7.00x] rates in the top 3 - as Professor Landers says this is a dynamic field and you will be learning material that is at the leading edge of what is emerging - be prepared to put in the hours and be fascinated.

Alan McCrindle on CourseTalk

I'm still cherishing the [7.00x] course material.

student on CourseTalk

I really enjoyed this course [7.28.1x] ... from the clear, engaging and substantive lectures, the relevant and challenging quizzes and the extra tidbits. ... Thank you for assembling this fantastic resource!

student on CourseTalk

I found it absolutely awe inspiring to learn just how much we now know about DNA replication and repair. The course [7.28.1x] will leave you in awe of the intricate machinery of our bodies (and those of E. coli), as well as give you a deep respect for the researchers who are busy bringing to light an ever increasing knowledge of DNA mechanisms. It will also give you an admiration for instructors who can explain this knowledge to others. Five stars certainly!

student on CourseTalk

The contents of this class [7.28.1x] are cutting-edge. The instructors and the designers of the educational materials have done an outstanding job here. The use of multimedia in the quizzes and exercise is extremely clever. ... I feel now that I can understand the life science articles in magazines such as Nature or Science much better.

Gi Ibsganich on CourseTalk

If you're expecting a traditional biology course where you memorize terms and spit them back out, then this [7.28.1x] would not be the course for you. I've always held MIT to be the equivalent of Ivy League standards and this course gives a valid and just assessment towards that end. ... The core bulk... focuses on your ability to think and apply what you've learned to scenarios that are presented to you. ... Every quiz has questions that a person would encounter if they worked in a real world biology lab. Overall it has been an excellent teacher and course.

student on CourseTalk

Now open: 7.QBWx Quantitative Biology Workshop!
Learn for free: self-paced and open to the world.

Mary Ellen Wiltrout

Mary Ellen Wiltrout

Mary Ellen Wiltrout is a Digital Learning Scientist and MITx Instructor in the Department of Biology. She completed her Ph.D. in Graham Walker’s lab from the Department of Biology at MIT, taught molecular biology at Harvard University, and returned to MIT as a core development member of 7.00x. She now oversees and manages all of the MITx projects for the Department of Biology at MIT.
 

Sera Thornton

Sera Thornton

Sera Thornton is a Digital Learning Lab Fellow in the Department of Biology. She completed her Ph.D. studying epigenetic gene regulation in stem cell lineage commitment and differentiation in the Boyer lab at MIT. In conjunction with her role as a core member of the MITx Biology course development team, Sera curates and creates the graphics and video for their courses, including animating the lecture video inserts for 7.28x.
 

Swati Carr

Swati Carr

Swati Carr is a Digital Learning Lab Fellow in the Department of Biology. She completed her Ph.D. by developing methodology for improving the predictability of engineered genetic device behaviour in the Densmore lab at Boston University. As part of her role as a core member of the MITx Biology course development team, Swati develops and tests assessments for 7.28.3x and other courses.
 

Megan Warner

Megan Warner

Megan Warner is a Ph.D. candidate in Steve Bell's lab in the Department of Biology at MIT. In addition to her graduate work, she creates and evaluates assessment questions for 7.00x and the 7.28x series.
 

Manoshi Datta

Manoshi Datta

Manoshi Datta has just completed her Ph.D. in Computational and Systems Biology under the supervision of Professors Gore, Polz, and Cordero at MIT. She creates and evaluates assessment questions for 7.00x and 7.QBWx, and tests and codes materials for 7.28.3x.
 

Nathaniel Schafheimer

Nathaniel Schafheimer

Nathaniel Schafheimer was a Digital Learning Lab Fellow in the Department of Biology from 2013 to 2015. He previously completed his Ph.D. studying how ultraviolet light damages the proteins in the lens of the human eye in Jonathan King’s lab at MIT. He is now a Patent Agent at Lando & Anastasi, LLP.
 

Ceri Riley

Ceri Riley

Ceri Riley graduated from MIT in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Comparative Media Studies and Biology. During her time as an MITx Biology UROP, she contributed to the team's educational videos, including production — from researching to scripting to animation to editing — of several of the videos in 7.28.1x and 7.28.2x. She is now a writer and editor for SciShow.
 

Theresa Wasylenko

Theresa Wasylenko

Theresa Wasylenko has developed and tested many problem-solving assessments for 7.00x, 7.28.1x, and 7.28.2x during her Ph.D. and postdoc in the Housman lab at MIT. She is now a Lecturer of Biological Science at Olin College.