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, and 60% of current students published a paper during the academic 2014/2015 year!


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.

Flexner Discovery Lecture: Eric Betzig
Nobel laureate Eric Betzig was the April 28 guest Discovery lecturer. This lecture was sponsored by the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology.  A video of his talk is available here: Watch Lecture!

14th Annual Cell and Developmental Biology Retreat - May 4
The CDB's annual retreat takes place Wednesday, May 4 at the Joe C. Davis YMCA Outdoor Center. Visit the CDB Retreat 2016 page to view directions to the site and the agenda!

CDB Alum featured speaker at the Post Doc Association SymposiumSee flyer.
"This day-long event is organized for Postdoctoral Fellows to showcase their research, network with invited speakers, peers, faculty, and get career tips/advice from invited speakers. The symposium includes short talks by Postdoctoral Fellows and shared resource directors, a scientific poster competition, a keynote address by Dr. Peter Fiske, CEO PAX Water Technologies as well as a talk by CDB alum Dr. David Shifrin entitled 'Unexpected: using random results and chance encounters to build a career'. Numerous prizes will be awarded throughout the event including Postdoc of the Year, Mentor of the Year and best poster awards among others. Additionally, there are raffle/travel award drawings throughout the day."
Click here to register for the symposium.
Click here to access the BRET PDA website

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.

We are delighted to announce the arrival of Vivian Gama, Ph.D., who is joining our department as an Assistant Professor (read more).

Save the date! The Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at Vanderbilt University will host the inaugural Cell Dynamics Symposium in June 2nd and 3rd of 2016. This is shaping up to be a fantastic event with top speakers in the field. Details here!


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