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Cell Biology & Anatomy

The Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy features several laboratories engaged in cutting-edge research in a variety of disciplines. We are currently experiencing a period of expansion with the addition of several faculty members and laboratories. 

Researchers have access to many state-of-the-art facilities, including those dedicated to live cell imaging confocal microscopy, electron microscopy, X-ray crystallography, and proteomics. Current areas of research interest within the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy include:

  • Neuronal mechanisms of learning and memory
  • Prepulse inhibition
  • The cellular and molecular basis of muscle cell differentiation and development
  • Mechanisms of intracellular trafficking
  • Biosynthesis and processing of extracellular matrix
  • Glial cell metabolic processes
  • The functional anatomy of the visual system
  • Mechanisms of axon regeneration
  • Mechanisms of gene expression
  • The role of steroid hormones in neuronal gene regulation and neurodegenerative disease

The Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy participates in the interdepartmental Neuroscience and Molecular and Cellular Science graduate programs. In addition to its courses offered within the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, the department plays a significant role in the education of Chicago Medical School students. We administer the first-year medical school courses in Clinical Anatomy, Embryology, and Histology, and participate in Molecular Cell Biology. The Department also offers several sophomore- and senior-year elective courses. With these diverse offerings, the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy plays a central role in preparing students for careers in biomedical research, as well as in medicine and related health sciences.