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What We Do

The Department of Cell & Developmental Biology is home to investigators who wish to understand the principles that govern cell organization and function and to clarify the processes involved in cell differentiation and organ formation. As part of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, we also partner with colleagues in multiple departments and institutes to realize the potential of our discoveries and improve human health.

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The Shkla Lab

The Shukla Lab

The Shukla lab will open doors to students, post-doctoral fellows, summer interns and technicians beginning February 2022 for both “wet-lab” and computational research projects. With state-of-the-art technologies, strong passion and curious imagination in their toolkit the Shukla lab aims to make scientific discoveries of profound importance. Their research program impinges on many exciting but largely unexplored areas of biology that have the potential to impact several existing paradigms. For more information please visit the lab website.

The Gyal  Lab

The Goyal Lab

The Goyal lab opens on Feb 01, 2022. Visit the Goyal lab website to know more about the research areas and open positions.

Research Areas

Faculty members in our department study a wide range of cell biological processes including adhesion, cytoskeleton, signal transduction, mechanosensing, nuclear architecture, HIV infection and Alzheimer’s disease. We use multiple model organisms and disease platforms to more appropriately address fundamental questions related to cell structure and function.

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Connect with Us

Our department is supported by the Basic Science Administration group. The team provides assistance related to research and financial administration, professional affairs, facilities and communications.

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Starzl Academy

Physician-Scientist Training & Research

We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and formal training programs to help our residents and fellows excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans.


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