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Primary Faculty

Primary faculty

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Kristopher J. Burkewitz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

The risk of many pathophysiological conditions is dramatically higher in the elderly than in the young. We are exploring how age-related changes at the molecular, organellar, and cellular levels lead to disease with the ultimate goal of learning how to best intervene and improve the quality of the aging process.
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Dylan T Burnette, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Our lab uses super-resolution microscopy to study the formation and function of myosin II-based contractile assemblies within cells.
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Chin Chiang, Ph.D.

Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Sonic hedgehog signaling in development and cancer.
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Rebecca Cook, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Much of our research focuses on signaling pathways induced by the ErbB family of receptor tyrosine kinases, which include EGFR, ErbB2, ErbB3, and ErbB4.

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Vivian Gama, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

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Kathleen L. Gould, Ph.D.

Louise B. McGavock Chair
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences

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Guoqiang Gu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Pancreatic cell lineage and genes required for endocrine islet formation.
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Rebecca A. Ihrie

Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery

Stem cells; ventricular-subventricular zone (V-SVZ).

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Jonathan Irish, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

A central goal of our research at Vanderbilt is to understand how changes at the single cell level alter signaling in healthy cells and lead to therapy resistant populations in human diseases.  In the Irish Lab, we use new tools and computational approaches to do basic and translational research in human cancer and immunology.

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Irina N. Kaverina, Ph.D.

Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

How Microtubule-Actin Cytoskeleton Interplay Drives Cell Motility.
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Ken Lau, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Microenvironmental signaling in epithelial cell specification.
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Ethan Lee, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Professor of Pharmacology

My laboratory is interested in understanding the basic mechanisms by which a Wnt signal is propagated to coordinate the formation tissues, organs, and limbs and to understand how its misregulation can lead to disease states such as cancer in humans.
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Ian G. Macara, Ph.D.

Chair of the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology
Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology
Louise B McGavock Chair
Co-Leader, Signal Transduction and Chemical Biology/VICC
AAAS Fellow - 2018
ASCB Fellow - 2019

Breast cancer initiation and progression; epithelial homeostasis; the role of epithelialization in induced pluripotent stem cells and embryonic stem cells; stem cells in mammary gland morphogenesis and responses to damage.  Single molecule imaging of proteins involved in vesicle traffic at the plasma membrane.
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Jason MacGurn, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

My lab is interested in understanding how cell signaling pathways, protein ubiquitination, and membrane trafficking events regulate plasma membrane protein composition in normal and disease states.
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David M. Miller, III, Ph.D.

Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Professor of Biological Science
AAAS Fellow - 2013

Molecular genetics of neural specificity in Caenorhabditis elegans.
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Andrea Page-McCaw, Ph.D.

Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Director of Graduate Studies (DGS)
AAAS Fellow - 2018

Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), tissue remodeling, wound healing, developmental biology, Drosophila, genetics, receptor, and signaling, immunity.
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William P. Tansey, Ph.D.

Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Ingram Professor of Cancer Research
Professor of Biochemistry
Co-Leader, Genome Maintenance Research Program/VICC
AAAS Fellow - 2012

Regulation of transcription in normal and cancer cells.


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Matthew J. Tyska, Ph.D.

Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Scientific Director, Cell Imaging Shared Resource

Cytoskeletal control of cell morphology

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Alissa Weaver, M.D., Ph.D.

Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Professor of Pathology Microbiology and Immunology
AAAS Fellow - 2016

How the secretion of small extracellular vesicles from cells promotes aggressive, invasive behavior and facilitates tumor growth and metastasis.

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Susan R. Wente, Ph.D.

Interim Chancellor
Vanderbilt Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
AAAS Fellow - 2010

Regulation of nucleocytoplasmic transport and nuclear pore complex function and assembly.
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Christopher V. Wright, D. Phil.

Louise B. McGavock Chair
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Director, Vanderbilt University Program in Developmental Biology
Associate Director, Vanderbilt Center for Stem Cell Biology
AAAS Fellow - 2012

Molecular embryology /vertebrate embryogenesis /transcription factors/intercellular signaling.
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Marija Zanic, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Assistant Professor of Biomolecular Engineering

We are investigating the dynamics of microtubule cytoskeleton by combining biochemical in vitro reconstitution, single molecule studies, quantitative image analysis and theoretical modeling.
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Qiangjun Zhou, Ph.D.

Dr. Zhou will join Vanderbilt January 2020
Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Training Faculty, Vanderbilt Brain Institute

Molecular mechanisms of vesicle-mediated cell-to-cell communications in the central nervous system.

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