Announcements

Rafael Radi, Professor and Chair of Biochemistry at the University of the Republic, Montevideo, in Uruguay will speak on November 14 at 11 in 206 PRB. His topic is "Antioxidant Enzyme Systems of Intracellular Pathogens: Role in Infectivity and Virulence". Dr. Radi has been a Foreign Associate Member of the National Academies of Sciences since 2015. Larry Marnett is hosting this lecture. See Flyer

CDB's Bill Tansey joins David Sweatt for the next Flexner Discovery Lecture at 4:00 PM in 208 Light on Thursday, October 26: "Epigenetics, Transcription, and Disease"  

Marija Zanic discusses her research in a recent video, posted on Vanderbilt's YouTube Channel.

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

Chloe Snider Named Vanderbilt Prize Scholar! Congratulations to Chloe Snider, CDB graduate student in Kathy Gould’s laboratory, who has been named the Vanderbilt Prize Scholar for 2017. The Vanderbilt Prize Scholar is a female Ph.D. candidate who has demonstrated excellent leadership qualities and outstanding potential to impact medicine through research during her career. The Vanderbilt Prize Scholar is mentored for one year by the Vanderbilt Prize winner, who for 2017, is Elaine Fuchs of the Rockefeller University.

New Grants Fund Discovery in CDB

  • Bill Tansey received an award from the VICC for the project “Drugging the undruggable—Novel strategies to inhibit MYC”
  • Ethan Lee was awarded an equipment supplement for his R-35 project: “Mechanism of Wnt signal transduction”
  • Andrea Page McCaw was awarded an R21 for the project: “A new model for analyzing basement membrane repair”
  • Rebecca Ihrie and Jonathan Irish were awarded a co-PI’d grant from the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation for "Dissecting the Contribution of the Niche and Immune Cells to Patient Outcome Using Single-Cell Protein Measurements"
  • Akshitkumar Mistry (Ihrie Lab), was awarded a RUNN/Society of Neurological Surgeons research grant.
  • Ken Lau received a diversity supplement for his student Cherie Scurrah on his R01 grant.
  • Dylan Burnette received a 5 year R35 for the project  “Decoding the functions of myosin II isoforms with super-resolution microscopy”
  • Collaborations:
    • David Miller 1 year collaboration with the University of Kansas on the project: The role of ETR-1/CELF1, an RNA binding protein, in Neuronal Migration”
  • Lance Thomas, Research Assistant Professor received a 5 year R-50 for his project: “Myc, WDR5, and Cancer”
  •  Lizandra Jimenez, post doc in the Weaver Lab received a F32 Fellowship, 1F32CA217064-01 entitled KRAS-regulated Ago2-mediated sorting of extracellular RNAs into exosomes

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.

The Department of Cell and Developmental Biology is 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 maintain 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 65 graduate students are currently working in CDB laboratories; 37% of whom have published a paper in the 2016/2017 academic year. 24 CDB Students were authors on 50 papers. 

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