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

Tissue regulation expert Nusse set for next Discovery Lecture

April 16, 2015

Roel Nusse, Ph.D., an expert in the regulation of tissue growth and development by Wnt signaling pathways, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, April 23. Roel Nusse, Ph.D. Nusse is the CDB Distinguished Speaker. His lecture, “Wnt Signaling, Stem Cell Control and Cancer,” sponsored by the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, will begin at 4 p.m. in 208 Light Hall.

Wente and Colleague's Findings Reported in Journal of Cell Biology

April 2, 2015

Susan Wente and Chris Lord's article on mechanisms of aging is highlighted in Research News@Vanderbilt. The investigators report in the March 16 Journal of Cell Biology that specific Nups and transport events regulate longevity independent of changes in NPC permeability.

Tansey's Research Highlighted

March 30, 2015

Vanderbilt University researchers have discovered a cleft in a chromosome-binding protein that may hold the key to stopping most cancers in their tracks. “MYC regulates thousands of genes involved in growth and duplication,” said lead author William Tansey, Ph.D., Ingram Professor of Cancer Research and professor of Cell and Developmental Biology. “It’s sort of the Holy Grail of the targeted cancer therapy world.”

Marija Zanic Profiled in The Reporter

March 6, 2015

For Marija Zanic, Ph.D., who joined Vanderbilt University’s Department of Cell and Developmental Biology as an assistant professor last August, the journey from her home country took a more circuitous route — from cell biology to theoretical physics and back again. Zanic’s dissertation explored string cosmology, which describes the fundamental structure of the universe. Today she is an expert on the microtubule, a fundamental structure that makes up the cytoskeleton of the cell.

Jim Patton Joins CDB Secondary Faculty

March 2, 2015

Jim Patton, Ph.D., Professor, whose interests in alternative splicing and the control of gene expression, vertebrate microRNA function, and gene therapy applications, is the newest member of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology's Secondary Faculty. As the director of IGP, Dr. Patton is also well known to many of us, his primary appointment is in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Billy Hudson Appointed CDB Secondary Faculty

March 2, 2015

It is with great pleasure that we announce the secondary appointment to the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology of Billy Hudson, Ph.D. Professor, whose research  lies in the structure and function of type IV collagen, the major constituent of basement membranes. Dr. Hudson is well known to many of us.  His primary appointment is in the Department of Medicine as well as Professor of Biochemistry and Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology.  

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.