The School of Molecular and Cellular Biology
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CDB Highlights

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Study reveals stem cells in a human parasite
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A protein known as CD2AP is necessary for stabilizing the actin polymer that is associated with cadherins at adhesive cell junctions
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XPLN: a novel regulator of mTORC2 in cell survival and differentiation
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The p23 Molecular Chaperone and GCN5 Acetylase Jointly Modulate Protein-DNA Dynamics
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Phosphorylation of HP1α regulates mitosis in human cells
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Welcome to CDB

We the faculty, students, postdoctoral fellows, and staff of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology are engaged in research to understand how interactions among molecules, macromolecules, and macromolecular machines give rise to living cells. We are interested in how specialized cells function, and how complex interactions between these cells guide normal development, including the creation and maintenance of tissues and organs during all developmental stages. Our mission includes applying basic cell and molecular biological research to the understanding and treatment of human disease as well as new biotechnology applications, including tissue engineering and stem cell therapy. Central to our mission is the education and training of the next generation of cell and developmental biologists. Graduates from our department hold positions across the country in academia, industry, and medicine.