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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 (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 (Bruce Liang, Director) and the Center for Quantitative Medicine (Pedro Mendes, Director). The department organizes the annual Richard D. Berlin lecture.

Seminars 2020

January 29, 2020
Olga Anczukȯw, Jackson Labs. "Misregulation of Splicing Factors in Breast Cancer" (Guo-Hua Fong, Host)

March 4, 2020
Dianne Cox, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “Touched by a macrophage: macrophagetumor cell communication in tumor progression”(Linda Shapiro, Host)

March 18, 2020 (Postponed)
Eloy Bejarano, Tufts University. “Detrimental Impact of Glycative Stress on Intercellular Communication and Autophagy” (Rachel Norris, Host)

April 15, 2020 (Postponed)
Steve Rogers, University of North Carolina.“Control of mechanosensation in Drosophila by the microtubule acetylase dTAT ” (Mark Terasaki, Host)

April 29, 2020 (Postponed)
Chris Schaffer, Cornell University. (Pat Murphy, Host)

May 6, 2020 (Postponed)
Tim O'Connell, University of Minnesota. (Kim Dodge-Kafka, Host)

Past Seminars

Cell Biology Retreat

Retreat photo

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