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.

Jonathon Sewell

Jonathon Sewell Awarded Presidential Fellowship in Collaborative Neuroscience

May 2023

Congratulations to Jonathon Sewell, who has been awarded a Presidential Fellowship in Collaborative Neuroscience to study a potentially novel mechanism in nervous system development. This fellowship program is a collaboration between the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, the UVA Brain Institute, and the Neuroscience Graduate Program.

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Ryan Mulligan

Ryan Mulligan Awarded NIH F30 Fellowship

April 2023

Congratulations to Ryan Mulligan, the CDB graduate student in the Winckler Lab, for receiving an NIH F30 Fellowship studying lysosomal membrane permeabilization (LMP) in the nervous system. This project will better elucidate cellular responses to disruptions in neuronal lysosomal function which could inform potential novel therapeutic approaches for a vast number of neurological disorders and the aging population.

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Aleksandra Cwiek

Aleksandra Cwiek Awarded AHA Predoctoral Fellowship

December 2022

Aleksandra Cwiek, the CDB graduate student in the Hirschi Lab, received an American Heart Association (AHA) Predoctoral Fellowship studying retinoic acid regulation of placental vascularization. She will explore how a lack of retinoic acid, the active form of vitamin A, will affect the development of the least understood human organ, the placenta.

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