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Research

Research in our department occurs in a highly collegial atmosphere that involves interdisciplinary collaborations across the departments and institutes of Feinberg School of Medicine and extend to our Evanston campus. We place strong emphasis in mechanistic studies that integrate genomics, molecular biology, biochemistry and are supported by comprehensive quantification and biostatistics.

Recently renamed from the Department of Cell & Molecular Biology to the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology, we are currently undergoing a significant expansion in areas related to developmental biology.

Areas of Focus

Cell Adhesion, Signaling & Metabolism

Works to better understand how cells, tissues and organs communicate in order to survive and function in an integrated fashion.

Cell Adhesion

Cell Biology of HIV

Explores how the HIV virus interacts with cells during infection to gain new insights into how the disease is transmitted.

Cell Biology of HIV

Mechanotransduction

Aims to understand how cells sense physical forces and translate them into biochemical and biological responses.

Mechanotransduction

Cytoskeleton

Studies the cytoskeleton and how it provides mechanical strength, regulates signal transduction and moves organelles and materials within the cell.

Cytoskeleton

Neuroscience & Alzheimer's

Deciphers why neuron transport disruptions and structural protein alterations occur and how they lead to disease.

Neuroscience & Alzheimer's

Nuclear Architecture & Function

Works to understand how the eukaryotic nucleus is assembled and organized and how its activities are regulated.

Nuclear Architecture & Function

Affiliated Centers

Center for Advanced Microscopy

The Center for Advanced Microscopy at Northwestern offers state-of-the art instrumentation and services for the study of biological processes at the whole animal, tissue, cellular and subcellular levels. The facility’s basic services include electron microscopy, super resolution microscopy (SIM & STORM), fluorescence laser scanning and spinning disk microscopy, fluorescent lifetime imaging, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy microscopy, automated high throughput tissue cytometry, laser capture microdissection, multiphoton imaging and whole animal bioluminescent and fluorescent imaging. It's home to the Nikon Imaging Center.

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