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Cell Biology


The Cell Biology Concentration Area encompasses research at the molecular and cellular levels in the following disciplines: gastroenterology, oncology, pulmonary biology, ophthalmology, reproductive endocrinology, pharmacology, neurophysiology and neuroanatomy, and cellular differentiation and morphogenesis. Research approaches employ a wide variety of molecular, biochemical, pharmacological, and microscopic techniques, utilizing cell culture and whole organisms. Students selecting Cell Biology will focus their research efforts on one or more of these areas.

A highly individualized curriculum of study is designed to meet the needs and interests of the student while satisfying selected requirements by the faculty. These include graduate level cell biology, biochemistry, and cell biology seminars. Additional courses may be chosen by the student and his/her advisor from a large number of college and university offerings.


GN701 Molecular Genetics; Fall (3 credits)

CBS 770 Cell Biology; Spring (4 credits)

CBS 810 Seminar in Cell Biology (1 credit; minimum 3 credits total for doctoral students; minimum 2 credits total for master’s students)


Elective courses are selected by the student and mentor, and must be approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. Possible elective course include, but are not limited to, the following:

BCH 701 Macromolecular Structure; Fall (3 credits)

BCH 703 Macromolecular Synthesis and Regulation; Fall (3 credits)

BCH 705 Molecular Biology of the Cell; Spring (3 credits)

GN 701 Molecular Genetics; Fall (3 credits)

GN 702 Cellular and Developmental Genetics; Spring (3 credits)

GN 750 Developmental Genetics; Spring alternate years(3 credits)

GN/MB 758 Microbial Genetics & Genomics; Spring (3 credits)

GN 761 Advanced Molecular Biology of the Cell; Spring alternate years (3 credits)

GN/BCH 768 Nucleic Acids: Structure and Function; Spring alternate years (3 credits)

CBS/IMM/MB 783 Advanced Immunology; Fall alternate odd years (3 credits)

CBS/IMM 816 Advanced Topics in Immunology; Fall (1 credits)

MB 718 Introductory Virology; Fall alternate odd years (3 credits)

IMM/TOX 705 Immunotoxicology; Spring (2 credits)

IMM 751 Immunology; Spring (3 credits)

PHY 503, 504 General Physiology I and II (3 credits)

PHY 702 Reproductive Physiology of Mammals; Fall & Spring (3 credits)

PHY 780 Mammalian Endocrinology (3 credits)

ST 701 Statistical Theory I; Fall (3 credits)

TOX 501 Principles of Toxicology; Spring (4 credits)

Participating Faculty

NameEmailConcentrationResearch Emphasis
Christophe Guilluycdguillu@ncsu.eduCell Biology Investigating how mechanical constraints control cellular behavior in physiology and disease.
Amanda Cell Biology Development of epithelial barrier repair signaling in the neonatal gut
Amy Stieler Stewart Cell BiologySubepithelial signaling within the intestine during repair after injury
Anthony Cell BiologyMechanisms of intestinal mucosal injury and repair
Belinda Akpabsakpa@ncsu.eduCell Biology, PharmacologyMechanistic mathematical modeling
Brian Gilgerbgilger@ncsu.eduCell Biology, PhamacologyOcular inflammation, drug delivery, gene therapy, fungal keratitis, and imaging of the eye
Caroline Cell BiologyUnderstanding how a mother cell divides into two daughter cells.
Chris Cell Biology, PhamacologyRegulation of Fe metabolism in the eye, the involvement of Fe in cataract formation, and mechanisms underlying post-surgical regrowth of lens tissue
Christopher Dekaneycmdekane@ncsu.eduCell BiologyRole of the intestinal stem cell niche in recovery from damage.
Duncan Cell Biology, NeurosciencesMeasurement and neurobiology of pain in induced and naturally occurring animal models
Eleanor Cell BiologyRespiratory medicine, particularly pulmonology and Chronic Bronchitis
Elizabeth Lucaselucas2@ncsu.eduCell Biology, NeurosciencesCell, circuit, and neuroendocrine basis of affective and memory disorders.
Glenn Crusegpcruse@ncsu.eduCell Biology, Immunology, PhamacologyTranslational research in mast cell-driven diseases such as allergy, asthma and mastocytosis.
Jeffrey Cell Biology, Immunology, Infectious DiseaseWe study the evolution of immune receptors and PFAS immunotoxicology.
Jody Gookinjgookin@ncsu.eduCell Biology, Infectious DiseasesHost-pathogen Interactions in the Gut
John Cell Biology, ImmunologyThe goal of our USDA funded research is to study the role of immune cells in the ovary.
Jorge Cell BiologyUse of stem cells in regenerative medicine
Kathryn Cell BiologyGenomics of Cardiac Disease
Ke Chengke_cheng@ncsu.eduCell BiologyRegenerative medicine by using patient-derived stem cells, biomaterials, micro-RNAs and bioengineering approaches
Kelly Ann Meiklejohnkameikle@ncsu.eduCell BiologyNew techniques for analyzing forensic evidence using next generation sequencing. 
Kenneth Adlerkbadler@ncsu.eduCell Biologymolecular mechanisms of inflammation and carcinogenesis
Korinn Cell BiologyNutrition of Cancer
Lauren Cell Biology, Immunology, Infectious DiseasesThe Schnabel Laboratory focuses on the use of regenerative and biologic therapies for the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries.
Laurianne Van Cell Biology, NeurosciencesMy lab explores how cues emanating from the microenvironment regulate intestinal epithelial (stem) cells in health and diseases with a special emphasis on cells belonging to the enteric nervous system.
Liara Cell BiologyUtilizing large animal models to study intestinal stem cell dynamics during clinically relevant disease states.
Marcelo Cell Biology, Immunology Molecular mechanisms of cell proliferation and apoptosis with the main emphasis on dysregulate proliferation and carcinogenesis.
Matthew Cell Biology, PathologyGenetics, genomics, comparative aspects of animal and human health.
Melissa Christina Srougimcsrougi@ncsu.eduCell Biology, Pharmacologyexperimental cancer chemotherapeutics, DNA damage responses, redox, metabolism, cancer
Michael Cell Biology, NeurosciencesWe study the intersection of cancer and pain.
Nanette Cell Biologyorgan development 
Natasha Cell Biology, NeurosciencesWe investigate naturally occurring canine neurological disease, specifically aging, pain and spinal cord injury,
Nicolas Cell BiologyFungi, cell cycle, evolution, quantitative biology. 
Paul Cell BiologyMuscle Biology and Cellular Agriculture.
Phillip Cell Biology Pulmonary alveolar injury and repair mechanisms
Robert Smartrcsmart@ncsu.eduCell BiologyRegulated cell death in response to DNA damage and oncogenic stress 
Russell Cell Biology, PharmacologyStudies endocrinology and the adaptive stress response in vertebrates
Sabrina Cell BiologyEffects of manipulating NE neuron activity in vivo
Samuel Cell Biology, Immunology, Infectious DiseasesRegulation of Neutrophil Motility
Seth Cell BiologyDevelopmental Endocrinology 
Steven Cell Biology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases, PathologyGenetics and Therapy of Cancer
Thierry Cell Biology, Immunology, Infectious DiseasesPathogenesis and Therapy of Pruritis, Atopic Dermatitis and Autoimmune Diseases
Troy Ghashghaeitghashg@ncsu.eduCell BiologyDevelopment and Function of Adult Neural Stem Cells