Department of Cell Biology

The Department of Cell Biology is home to an exciting group of faculty, post-doctoral scientists and students addressing fascinating questions about the nature of biological complexity – how molecular, subcellular, cellular and multicellular events are integrated and ordered over time to assemble and maintain specialized tissues, organs and whole organisms.  We work to promote multidisciplinary collaborative research and fundamental discovery in all areas of cell and developmental biology, and to inspire the translation of these new advances toward improving human health.

Doug DeSimone, PhD

A word from the Chair, Douglas DeSimone, Ph.D.

This is an exciting time to be a cell biologist. Remarkable advances in optical microscopy and live cell and embryo imaging now make it possible to probe complex processes occurring over time and along multiple length-scales, from the molecular to subcellular and single cells to tissues. Combined with traditional genetics, powerful gene-editing technologies and genome-level analyses, the cell biologist now has an unprecedented set of tools available to probe mechanistic underpinnings of biological processes as diverse as embryonic development, aging and disease, and tissue regeneration.
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Treatments in Weeks, Not Months: Scientists Develop Ambitious Pandemic Response Plan

Dr. Judith White, professor emeritus in the School of Medicine, is part of an international team that developed a framework for speeding the development of drugs to battle pandemics. The “proactive drug development strategy” could also offer a first line of defense against future pandemics, the researchers say.
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Resident Faith in UVA Lab

Graduate Training in Cell and Developmental Biology

Understanding how cells and tissues function is central to all areas of biomedical research. The graduate program in Cell and Developmental Biology provides intensive training at the cutting edge of this dynamic field. Our internationally-recognized faculty investigate diverse and fundamental questions related to how cells and tissues function at the molecular level, including membrane and cytoskeletal dynamics, signal transduction, mitosis, cell adhesion and motility, mechanotransduction, embryonic patterning, tissue morphogenesis, morphogenetic movements, tissue repair and regeneration.
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