Recommended Cell Biology textbooks for the Biology Olympiad

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Cell biology is becoming a more and more poplar topic in the biology olympiad. This is not surprising given that cell biology underlies many biological processes and pathways. Knowing the most important aspects of the cell will be of great benefit in the biology olympiad.

So you might be wondering what kind of books to read to prepare for the biology olympiad.


Essential Cell Biology (4th ed.) Alberts, etal. 2014, is recommended for the biology olympiad.  UNSW Library Holding – 4th Edition

Online Cell Biology textbooks are also available from NCBI Bookshelf.

  • Molecular Biology of the Cell Alberts, Bruce; Johnson, Alexander; Lewis, Julian; Raff, Martin; Roberts, Keith; Walter, Peter New York and London: Garland Science; c2002 Bookshelf Link
  • Molecular Cell Biology 4th ed., Lodish, Harvey; Berk, Arnold; Zipursky, S. Lawrence; Matsudaira, Paul; Baltimore, David; Darnell, James E., New York: W. H. Freeman & Co., 1999. The Cell- A Molecular Approach Bookshelf Link
  • The Cell – A Molecular Approach 2nd ed., Cooper, Geoffrey M., Sunderland (MA): Sinauer Associates, Inc., 2000. Bookshelf Link