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. This year we rose to the #1 ranking 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.
Vivien Casagrande Retires The Department of Cell and Developmental Biology announces the retirement of Vivien Casagrande, Ph.D. Dr. Casagrande, Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Psychology and a Vanderbilt Kennedy Center investigator, joined the Vanderbilt University faculty in 1975. Her studies have mapped the visual brain circuitry in a variety of species and have advanced understanding of the development and evolution of the mammalian visual system. Casagrande is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Association of Anatomists. She has received a Chancellor’s Award for her research and an Outstanding Teacher award from the Vanderbilt Brain Institute. CDB hosted "A Lifetime of Vision" symposium honoring Vivien Casagrande's contributions to science in November 2016. See tributes and video stream of the symposium here.
- Meghan Postema, Grad student Puck Ohi Lab AHA 2 year project, "Investigating the Role of BAR Domain Protein in Brush Border Assembly"
- Chole Snider, Grad Student Kathy Gould Lab AHA 2 year project, "Investigating Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Formation and Anchoring of the Cytokinetic Ring"
- Anneke Sanders, Post Doc Irina Kaverina Lab AHA 2 year project, "Function and Regulation of Golgi-Derived Microtubules in Endothelial Cells"
- Dylan Burnette, Assistant Professor AHA 2 year project, "Mechanisms of Sarcomere Assembly in Health and diseased Heart Muscle Cells"
CDB Spearheads New Nikon Center of Excellence Vanderbilt’s Cell Imaging Shared Resource (CISR) opened a Nikon Center of Excellence (NCoE), bringing state-of-the-art microscopy for live cell imaging to our campus. The NCoE offers training courses, including basic and advanced light microscopy techniques, quantitative image analysis, and workshops on Nikon software: Please Click Here to register.
CDB Rises to the #1 Spot in Cell Biology Funding! 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.
Congratulations to Irina Kaverina, one of fourteen faculty members selected as 2016 Chancellor Faculty Fellows. Read more.