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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. In recent 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 (Leslie Loew, Director). The Department of Cell Biology is also the academic home for basic science faculty members in the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center (Bruce Liang, Director) and the Center for Quantitative Medicine (Reinhard Laubenbacher, Director). The department organizes the annual Richard D. Berlin lecture.

Seminars 2018

February 7, 2018
Duygu Ozpolat, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole. "Tracing the cellular origins of germline formation and regeneration in the annelids." (Mark Terasaki, Host)

April 4, 2018
John Lamar, Albany Medical College. “The Hippo-YAP/TAZ pathway and its role in cancer progression and metastasis.” (Pat Murphy, Host) 

May 9, 2018
Yukiko Yamashita, University of Michigan. "Asymmetric stem cell division and germ cell immortality." (Mayu Inaba, Host)

June 13, 2018
Rong Wang, UCSF. "Notch Signaling in Arterial and Venous Programming and Reprogramming." (Pat Murphy, Host)

September 12, 2018
Valentina Greco, Yale University (Mayu Inaba, Host)

October 03, 2018
Geoffrey Pitt, Cornell University (Lixia Yue, Host)


Past Seminars

Cell Biology Retreat

Retreat photo

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