Dr. Bell is Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His lab studies the assembly of multi-protein complexes called replisomes that are responsible for replicating eukaryotic chromosomal DNA, and the regulation of this process to ensure that each chromosome is accurately and completely replicated just once per cell cycle.
In recognition of his contributions to the field, Bell was awarded the National Academy of Sciences Award in Molecular Biology and the ASBMB/Schering-Plough Scientific Achievement Award. Bell has also received the MIT Everett Moore Baker Memorial Teaching Award and the School of Science Teaching Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. Bell is co-author of the popular Molecular Biology of the Gene textbook.
Bell received his BA in biochemistry from Northwestern University and his PhD in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley where he worked with Robert Tjian. He was a post-doctoral fellow with Bruce Stillman at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory before moving to MIT.