Cell Biology

Cell Biology Study Session on big tv screenThe Cell Biology program provides outstanding training of PhD candidates in a vibrant and rapidly evolving field.  Our comprehensive program emphasizes original research, interdisciplinary coursework, and advanced topical colloquia. Trainees have the opportunity to explore fundamental questions in many areas including molecular mechanisms of cell function; regulation of growth and differentiation; cell interactions in migration; embryonic patterning in development; and morphogenesis of cells, tissues and organs. Training in cell and developmental biology forms the basis not only for making fundamental new discoveries, but also for understanding and exploring the links to human diseases where the fundamental processes of cytoskeletal dynamics, membrane trafficking, signal transduction, mitosis, cell adhesion, motility, mechanotransduction, and polarity go awry. For more information, click here
Program Faculty
  • Adler, Paul N.

    Planar signaling, polarity and morphogenesis.

  • Ai, Huiwang

    Spatiotemporal Regulation of Biological Signaling; Protein Engineering for Imaging, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics

  • Bloodgood, Robert A.

    Cell-Surface Glycoprotein Dynamics and Cell Locomotion

  • Bloom, George S.

    Pathogenic mechanisms in Alzheimer’s Disease and other neurodegenerative disorders

  • Casanova, James E.

    Role of Arf family GTPases in vesicular transport and cytoskeleton assembly.
    Cell Biology of bacterial pathogenesis.
    The innate immune response to bacterial infection.

  • Corwin, Jeffrey T.

    Regeneration and Developmental Biology of the Hearing and Balance Organs in the Vertebrate Ear.

  • DeSimone, Douglas W.

    Cell Adhesion and Adhesion-Dependent Cell Signaling in Vertebrate Morphogenesis

  • Dwyer, Noelle

    Neural Development; Cell Division in Neural Stem Cells; Axon Outgrowth and Guidance

  • Halme, Adrian J.

    Regeneration and Systemic Responses to Tissue Damage

  • Hinton, Barry T.

    Morphogenesis of the Developing Wolffian/Epididymal duct

  • Kashatus, David F

    The Role of Mitochondrial Fusion and Fission in Tumorigenesis.

  • Keller, Raymond E.

    Cellular and molecular mechanisms of morphogenesis

  • Siegrist, Sarah

    Regulation of neural stem cell proliferation during development and adulthood

  • Stukenberg, P. Todd

    Mechanisms of chromosome segregation in Mitosis and generation of Chromosomal Instability in tumors

  • Sutherland, Ann E.

    Cell behavior and morphogenesis during early mouse development.

  • Tamm, Lukas K.

    Biomembrane Structure and Function; Cell Entry of Enveloped Viruses; Neurosecretion by Exocytosis; Structure of Bacterial Pathogen Membrane Proteins; Lipid-Protein Interactions

  • Thisse, Bernard V.

    Molecular control of embryonic development

  • Thisse, Christine I.

    Molecular Mechanisms of Early Vertebrate Development and Morphogenesis.
    Application to Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

  • White, Judith M.

    Virus Entry into Cells: Mechanisms and Development of Anti-Viral Therapeutics

  • Winckler, Bettina

    Endosomal function and dysfunction in neurons. Development of the nervous system: cytoskeleton and membrane traffic in axon and dendrite growth.

  • Wotton, David

    Regulation of Gene Expression, Development and Tumor Progression by TGF beta Signaling

  • Yu, Jing

    Mammalian kidney development

  • Zeitlin, Scott O.

    Mechanisms of Huntington’s Disease Pathogenesis

  • Zong, Hui

    Early detection, cancer prevention, and tumor microenvironment