Catch up on the latest SOM Basic Sciences happenings! Basically Speaking Newsletter

Alissa Weaver Appointment

January 21, 2015

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Alissa Weaver, M.D, to the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology as Associate Professor.  Her research focuses on how the secretion of small extracellular vesicles from cells promotes aggressive, invasive behavior and facilitates tumor growth and metastasis. Dr. Weaver is well known to many of us; her primary appointment is in the Department of Cancer Biology. 

Young Jae Nam Announcement

January 21, 2015

I am delighted to announce the addition of Young Jae Nam, M.D., to the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology as an Assistant Professor.  Dr. Nam works on the induction of diverse cardiac cell types by direct reprogramming.  His primary appointment in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.   

Welcome Marija Zanic

July 29, 2014

It is a great pleasure for me to announce the arrival of Marija Zanic, Ph.D., who will be joining the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology as an Assistant Professor on August 1, 2014.  Trained as a theoretical physicist and cytoskeleton biologist, Marija will add a quantitative flair and computational modeling to the diverse expertise already boasted by the Department.  

Bromine Is an Essential Trace Element for Assembly of Collagen IV Scaffolds in Tissue Development and Architecture

June 11, 2014

Working with Billy Hudson's lab in the department of medicine, the Page-McCaw lab determined that the element bromine is required for crosslinking basement membrane, the extracellular matrix underlying all epithelial tissues.  Without bromine, the basement membrane is weakened and fruitflies cannot survive.  As this basement-membrane crosslink is highly conserved throughout the animal kingdom, this study establishes bromine as the 28th essential element.   Read more on this discovery with these links:

Faculty Appointment Dylan Burnette

February 1, 2014

I am delighted to announce a tenure track appointment of Dylan Burnette, Ph.D. to the rank of Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental, effective February 1, 2014.

CDB 4th in NIH Funding

January 23, 2014

VUSM moves into top 10 in NIH funding by John Howser | Posted on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 — 8:10 AM According to annual figures available through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) is now ranked ninth in the nation among U.S. medical schools in total grant support provided through the nation’s medical research agency.