Cell And Developmental Biology

  • Vanderbilt University

    Colorectal cancer ‘cartography’ reveals an avenue to improved immunotherapy

    Second only to lung cancer, colorectal cancer is the nation’s leading cancer killer — accounting for more than 52,000 deaths in the United States each year. Colorectal cancers are divided into two main groups, based on microsatellites, or repeat sections, in their DNA. Read More

    Dec. 11, 2023

  • Vanderbilt University

    Novel C. diff structures are required for infection, offer new therapeutic targets

    A team of Vanderbilt researchers discovered that C. diff produces the spheres, called ferrosomes, and that these structures are important for infection in an animal model. The findings are a rare demonstration of a membrane-bound structure inside a pathogenic bacterium. Read More

    Nov. 15, 2023

  • Vanderbilt University

    Ken Lau named 2023 Stanley Cohen Innovation Fund Awardee

    Ken Lau, professor of cell and developmental biology, will receive a one-year research award from the Stanley Cohen Innovation Fund. This work will propel Vanderbilt forward as a leader in the field by leveraging novel technology to develop customized sequencing-based assays of cell-associated components at the single-cell resolution. Read More

    Nov. 7, 2023

  • Vanderbilt University

    Godschalk Research Fund strengthens biomedical innovation

    By Aaron Conley Kyle Riedmann Zenobia Godschalk and Mark Godschalk, BA’92, of Atlanta, Georgia, have established the Zenobia and Mark Godschalk Research Fund within the School of Medicine Basic Sciences to support novel research in biology or immunology. The inaugural award of the research fund has been presented to Kyle… Read More

    Oct. 27, 2023

  • Vanderbilt University

    Richmond lab identifies a key regulator of melanoma development

    By Kensey Bergdorf Ann Richmond In a continuation of previous work studying the role of chemokine receptor CXCR2 in immune cells published in Cancer Immunology Research, the lab of Ann Richmond, Ingram Professor of Cancer Biology and professor of pharmacology, has identified that same receptor as a regulator of melanoma… Read More

    Jun. 15, 2023

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    O’Connor’s dissertation named top 2022 Drosophila dissertation worldwide

    By Lorena Infante Lara James O’Connor, Ph.D. The Genetics Society of America has presented James O’Connor, a Ph.D. graduate from the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, the 2023 Larry Sandler Award. This international award recognizes the best Ph.D. dissertation on Drosophila—a fly genus that includes the… Read More

    Mar. 24, 2023

  • Vanderbilt University

    Decoding cell division machinery

    In the final step of cell division, cytokinesis, one cell becomes two. Without complete separation, abnormal cells can accumulate and set the stage for tumor formation. One of the main controllers of cytokinesis is the protein Cdc15, which localizes to the dividing cell membrane — linking it to the cytokinetic… Read More

    Mar. 23, 2023

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    CRISPR screen identifies role for a specific protein in insulin secretion

    By Leah Mann Wenbiao Chen, Ph.D. The labs of Wenbiao Chen, associate professor of molecular physiology and biophysics, and Irina Kaverina, professor of cell and development biology, recently published a study in Molecular Metabolism focused on detecting genes that regulate insulin secretion. The authors demonstrated a new… Read More

    Jan. 25, 2023

  • Vanderbilt University

    Alissa Weaver & Matthew Tyska named 2022 ASCB Fellows!

    Alissa Weaver, Professor and Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair, Vanderbilt University, and Matthew Tyska, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor, Vanderbilt University have been named 2022 ASCB Fellows. “The 2022 ASCB Fellows are individuals who have contributed broadly and significantly to the cell biology community and to the Society. We honor their scientific achievement and their… Read More

    Sep. 2, 2022

  • Vanderbilt University

    A day in the lab with Caroline Cencer

    Spend a day in the Tyska lab with graduate student Caroline Cencer via this TikTok video! @CarolineCencer @TyskaLabActual… Read More

    Aug. 12, 2022