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Research in the Department of Cell Biology is concerned with cells as well as how cells function in the context of the various tissues of the body. Our goal is to discover molecular and physiological mechanisms that underlie the treatment and prevention of human disease.

The department faculty participate in the first year medical and dental student curriculum, and the Foundations of Biomedical Science course for graduate students. Several faculty are also contributors to medical student textbooks.

The core of the department consists of former members of the Department of Physiology, which was chaired by Richard D. Berlin for over 30 years. He oversaw the change to Cell Biology, the addition of members from the former Departments of Pharmacology and Anatomy, and the formation of the Center for Vascular Biology (Linda Shapiro, Director) and the Center for Cell Analysis and Modeling (Pedro Mendes, Director). The Department of Cell Biology is also the academic home for basic science faculty members in the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center (Christopher Pickett, Interim Director) and the Center for Quantitative Medicine (Pedro Mendes, Director). The department organizes the annual Richard D. Berlin lecture.

Cell Biology Retreat

Retreat photo

Cell Biology and Vascular Biology, 2017 retreat at the Pond House (photo by Charan Devarakonda)

Department News

Cell Biology Department Chair, Laurinda Jaffe, was inducted into the National Academy of Sciences, April 2022

Laurinda Jaffe induction into NAS

Seminars 2023

March 29, 2023
Stuart Newfeld, Arizona State University. “TGF-beta signaling regulates insulin expression in adult females” (Inaba Oguro, Host). Hybrid

April 19, 2023
Orna Cohen-Fix, The National Institutes of Health. (Terasaki, Host). Hybrid

May 10, 2023
Aparna Lakkaraju, University of California-San Francisco. (Fong). Hybrid

June 9, 2023
Juliette Fedry, Utrecht University. “Visualization of translation and protein biogenesis at the ER membrane”. (Jaffe).

Past Seminars