Research, Cellular Biology and Anatomy

Research in the department covers the broad spectrum of development, normal processes, and death. Developmental biologists within our group study how polarity and patterning are established in organisms. Other investigators study mechanisms of protection, repair and regeneration related to diseases of the kidney, bone, breast, visual and auditory systems and the central nervous system. There are numerous substantive interactions with clinicians offering myriad opportunities for translational science. A broad array of genetic, molecular, cell biological, biochemical tools are used in studies of multiple model systems. The research activities of the department are augmented by our weekly seminar series and our monthly journal club.

smith research function 

Our department is home to many post-doctoral fellows and research scientists who contribute significantly to the research mission of the department as they launch their own scientific careers.  Our research is supported by an imaging core facility (directed by Dr. Paul McNeil, assisted by Drs. Sylvia Smith and Anna McNeil and Mr. Timothy Kurtz), and an electron microscopy and histology core facility (directed by Ms. Penny Roon, assisted by Mrs. Donna Kumiski, Mrs. Libby Perry and Dr. Brendan Marshall).