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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 2017

December 13, 2017
Steven L'Hernault, Emory University. "Looks Aren't Everything: What Nematode Sperm are Teaching Us about Conserved Aspects of Fertilization."

November 29, 2017
Doug Tilley, Temple University. "Fine -Tuning ß2-adernergic Receptor Signaling for Cardiac Repair."

October 11, 2017
James Pru, Washington State University. "PGRMC1 and PGRMC2  Functions in Female Fertility and Disease."

September 20, 2017
Diane Duffy, Eastern Virginia Medical School Norfolk, VA. "Angiogenesis in the Ovulatory Follicle: Opportunities for Novel Contraceptive Development."

July 31, 2017
Nita Maihle, Medical College of Georgia. "EGF/HER Receptor Isoforms: Form, Function, and Clinical Implications."

May 24, 2017
Lane Christenson, University of Kansas Medical Center. "Extracellular Vesicles and Cell to Cell Communication in Ovarian Follicles.”

April 18, 2017
Jim Hainfeld, Nanoprobes, Inc., Yaphank, NY, "Biography of a Nanoparticle."

April 12, 2017
Cahir O'Kane, University of Cambridge, "Roles of spastic paraplegia proteins in axonal ER organisation in Drosophila."

March 22, 2017
Sarah Xin Zhang, SUNY, Buffalo, "Protein homeostasis and ER stress in Retinal Angiogenesis and Vascular Repair."

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Retreat photo

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