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

  • 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.

  • Chalfant, Charles Edward

    Hematology and Oncology, Cell Biology, Lipid Signaling, Cancer Cell Signaling, and RNA Biology

  • 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

  • Hirschi, Karen Kemper

    Understanding Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms Leading to Blood Vessel Formation

  • Kashatus, David F

    The Role of Mitochondrial Fusion and Fission in Tumorigenesis.

  • Keller, Raymond E.

    Cellular and molecular mechanisms of morphogenesis

  • Kenworthy, Anne

    Architecture and function of biological membranes

  • Kozminski, Keith G.

    Regulation of Polarized Morphogenesis

  • Kucenas, Sarah C.

    The role of glia in the development, maintenance and regeneration of the nervous system

  • Kulkarni, Saurabh

    Human disease modeling, Quantitative cell biology, Organelle biology, Cell architecture, Cilia, Advanced light and electron microscopy

  • Laurie, Gordon W.

    Role of Prosecretory Mitogen ‘Lacritin’ in Epithelial Homeostasis, Secretion and Innate Defense

  • Lu, Xiaowei

    Developmental regulation of planar cell polarity in the mammalian nervous
    system

  • O’Rourke, Eyleen Jorgelina

    Obesity and Aging

  • Parichy, David

    Developmental Genetics, Evolution and Regeneration of Adult Morphology in Vertebrates

  • Park, Kwon-Sik

    Mechanisms of organ development and homeostasis and tumor development

  • Ravichandran, Kodi S.

    Apoptotic cell clearance mechanisms in health and disease

  • Redemann, Stefanie

    Chromosome segregation and aneuploidy in meiosis and mitosis

  • Shin, Jung-Bum

    Auditory Neurobiology

  • 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

  • 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

  • Zeitlin, Scott O.

    Mechanisms of Huntington’s Disease Pathogenesis

  • Zong, Hui

    Early detection, cancer prevention, and tumor microenvironment