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, and the regulation of plasma membrane composition and ageing.

We train top tier medical and graduate students to continue our mission into the future. 60% of current students published a paper during the academic 2013/2014 year!

Exciting special events on the horizon:
Our CBIO 330 course this spring covers ‘Cellular Stress and Aging’ and ‘Mechanobiology’

Roel Nusse, Ph.D., Stanford, HHMI, National Academy of Science will be our CDB Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series Speaker, April 23, 2015

May 1, 2015 is the 13th Annual Cell and Developmental Biology Retreat at the Joe C. Davis YMCA Outdoor Center.  Up-to-date information here.

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Vanderbilt University
Program in Developmental Biology