Welcome to the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology - a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment for cutting-edge research over a scale that spans seven powers of ten, from single molecules to whole organisms. The difference between a test tube and a cell is spatio-temporal organization, and we study molecular, cellular and tissue organization in many of the laboratories within our department, seeking insights into fundamental biological questions and human disease.  We rank 4th in the nation for funding, as compared with similar departments in research institutions and universities. We are an interactive and highly collaborative department, with a strong graduate student association, outstanding core facilities, a top-ranked developmental biology program, and exceptionally strong faculty.  Recent faculty recruits are studying cell migration using super-resolution microscopy, single molecule analysis of microtubule dynamics, systems biology of intestinal epithelia, stem cell biology, and the regulation of plasma membrane composition and ageing.

We train top tier postdoctoral fellows, medical students and graduate students to continue our mission into the future. Over 70 graduate students are currently working in CDB laboratories; 34% of whom have published a paper in the 2015/2016 academic year. 46 CDB Students were authors on 42 papers. 


Dissertation Defense: Caleb Howard (Bill Tansey Lab), Tuesday, August 9th 2:00 p.m. 3131 MRB II. Title TBA.

Kathy Gould, Ph.D., PI of the Gould Lab was awarded an RO1 from the  NIH/NIGMS “ Regulation of Cytokinesis” 

April Weissmiller, Ph.D., Post Doc in the Tansey Lab was awarded funding from Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research Award "Probing MYC Recruitment to Chromatin in Pediatric Cancer”

Audra Foshage, Graduate Student in the Tansey Lab was awarded an F-31 from the NIH/NCI  "WDR5 as a Critical Co-Factor for MYC”

First inaugural Cell Dynamics Symposium a big success. Over 215 gathered from Vanderbilt, Fisk Univeristy, MeHarry Medical College and UT Knoxville to hear from 6 leading researchers about their ongoing discoveries in the topic of Cell Dynamics. Hannah Clayton, Nathan McDonald and Bhumi Singh received trainee awards   Link to the photo gallery.

Grant Funding: Chin Chiang, "Shh Signaling in Cerebellar Function and Disease,” RO1, NIH/NINDS, Project Period: 07/01/2016 - 06/30/2020

Aidan Fenix receives pre-doctoral AHA Award.

Melanie Ohi participates under Jen Meiler in Trans-Institutional Program. Read more. 

Grant Renewal: David Miller, "Molecular Regulation of Dendrite Morphogenesis," RO1, NIH/NINDS, Project Period: 06/01/2016 - 05/31/2018

Marija Zanic Named 2016 Searle Scholar
An expert in the dynamic behavior of the microtubule cytoskeleton at Vanderbilt University is among 15 scientists in the chemical and biological sciences nationwide who have been named 2016 Searle Scholars. Read Reporter announcement.

CDB Rises to the #1 Spot in Cell Biology Funding!
The Vanderbilt Department of Cell & Developmental Biology currently occupies the #1 rank among US medical schools in "Anatomy/Cell Biology" NIH funding, according to the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research.

Kudos to April Weissmiller, Post Doc in the Tansey Lab, who was awarded a one year  AACR Basic Science Cancer Research Fellowship.  Read more.

Congrats to MariaSanta Mangione (Gould Lab) on her recently awarded NIH/NIGMS grant!  Read more.

Congratulations to Irina Kaverina, one of fourteen faculty members selected as 2016 Chancellor Faculty Fellows. Read more.

Kudos to these recent Grant Awardees: Andrea Page McCaw, Ph.D, Ken Lau, Ph.D. and Graduate Student Meredith Weck.


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Program in Developmental Biology