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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.

Courses Required for the Cell Biology Concentration

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

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)

Name Email Concentration Research Emphasis
Kenneth Adler Cell Biology Interactions of airway epithelium with inflammatory mediators and inhaled pollutants
Belinda Akpa Cell Biology, Pharmacology Mechanistic mathematical modeling
Anthony Blikslager Cell Biology Mechanisms of intestinal injury and mucosal repair following ischemia/ reperfusion injury
Matthew Breen Cell Biology Cytogentics of Cancer
Nicolas Buchler  Cell Biology Cell cycle and metabolic rhythms
Ke Cheng Cell Biology, Phamacology Regenerative medicine by using patient-derived stem cells, biomaterials, micro-RNAs and bioengineering approaches
Glenn Cruse Cell Biology, Immunology, Phamacology Mechanisms of receptor signaling, ion channel physiology and cytoskeletal reorganization that determine mast cell function
Christopher Dekaney Cell Biology The roles Paneth cells, from the intestinal epithelium, play in epithelial repair – particularly within the context of providing a stem cell niche
John Gadsby Cell Biology Regulation of the Corpus Luteum
Troy Ghashghaei Cell Biology Development and Function of Adult Neural Stem Cells
Brian Gilger Cell Biology, Phamacology Pharmacology of the Eye
Jody Gookin Cell Biology, Infectious Diseases Host-pathogen Interactions in the Gut
Eleanor Hawkins Cell Biology Respiratory medicine, particularly pulmonology and Chronic Bronchitis
Samuel Jones Cell Biology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases Regulation of Neutrophil Motility
Seth Kullman Cell Biology Developmental Endocrinology 
Caroline Laplante Cell Biology Elucidating the molecular architectures of cell division
Duncan Lascelles Cell Biology, Phamacology Mechanism and Treatment of Pain
Elizabeth Lucas Cell Biology, Neurosciences Cell, circuit, and neuroendocrine basis of affective and memory disorders.
Chris McGahan Cell Biology, Phamacology Regulation of Fe metabolism in the eye, the involvement of Fe in cataract formation, and mechanisms underlying post-surgical regrowth of lens tissue
Kathryn Meurs Cell Biology Genomics of Cardiac Disease
Paul Mozdziak  Cell Biology Muscle Biology. Cellular Agriculture.
Nanette Nascone-Yoder Cell Biology The morphogenetic origins of birth defects
Micheal Nolan Cell Biology Normal tissue radiobiology, and the study of inflammation and immunity as they relate to local and systemic responses to irradiation
Natasha Olby Cell Biology Concentration Leader, Neurosciences Focuses on naturally occurring canine diseases in the areas of spinal cord injury, neuropathic pain, neurodegenerative diseases and aging
Thierry Olivry Cell Biology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases Pathogenesis and Therapy of Pruritis, Atopic Dermatitis and Autoimmune Diseases
Jorge Piedrahita  Cell Biology Stem cells and Regenerative Medicine
Antonio Planchart Cell Biology, Neurosciences Molecular biology of neural crest cells
Sabrina Robertson Cell Biology Effects of manipulating NE neuron activity in vivo
Marcelo Rodriguez-Puebla Cell Biology Regulation of the cell cycle and carcinogenesis
Korinn Saker Cell Biology Nutrition of Cancer
Phillip Sannes Cell Biology  Injury and repair of pulmonary alveolar epithelium
Robert Smart Cell Biology, Pathology DNA damage response, apoptosis and cancer
Lauren Schnabel Cell Biology, Immunology Use of regenerative therapies for the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries 
Steven Suter Cell Biology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Pathology Genetics and Therapy of Cancer
Jeffrey Yoder Cell Biology, Immunology Comparative immunology, immunogenetics, functional genomics, immunotoxicology.