Welcome to the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology

Congratulations to the Department of Cell Biology & Physiology, ranked 2nd in the country in NIH funding!

Kechele ImageThe department was formed in July 2012 through the merger of the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology and the Department of Cell & Molecular Physiology. The new department brings together two strong traditions of excellence in basic science and translational research, and in pre- and post-doctoral training, including undergraduate, graduate and medical education.

The department currently houses two PhD programs: the Program in Cell & Molecular Physiology and the Program in Cell & Developmental Biology. In addition, a number of members of the department also train PhD students through the Neurobiology Curriculum and the Genetics and Molecular Biology Curriculum.

Department Highlight

Zylka and Philpot to lead UNC Neuroscience Center

Philpot and ZylkaMark Zylka, PhD, will serve as director and Ben Philpot, PhD, will serve as associate director of the UNC Neuroscience Center at the UNC School of Medicine, effective July 1. William Snider, MD, who has served as the center’s director for nearly 17 years, will step down from his leadership role, but will remain on faculty as professor of neurology, while also continuing his research. 

CBP Research Day: Sandra L. Schmid, MD, PhD Feb 26, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM — 1131 Bioinformatics
Seminar: Stephanie Gupton, PhD Mar 07, 2016 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM — G202 MBRB
Fusion Seminar: Chris Givens and Temperance Rowell Mar 21, 2016 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM — 124 Taylor Hall
Fusion Seminar: Hailey Brighton and Erica Cloer Mar 28, 2016 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM — 124 Taylor Hall
Seminar: Manfred Boehm, MD Apr 04, 2016 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM — G202 MBRB
Upcoming events…
Deshmukh lab discovers a novel role of Dicer in the rapidly dividing cells of the developing brain and brain tumors
In a paper published in Cell Reports, Vijay Swahari, a postdoctoral fellow in Deshmukh lab, identifies how the critical role of Dicer in DNA damage response can be exploited for therapy in aggressive brain tumors like Medulloblastoma. Jan 15, 2016
Gupton Lab paper highlighted in Developmental Cell; image chosen for cover
Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Shalini Menon and graduate student Nicholas Boyer have co-first author paper, "The E3 Ubiquitin Ligase TRIM9 Is a Filopodia Off Switch Required for Netrin-Dependent Axon Guidance” published in Developmental Cell on Dec 21, 2015. The article was highlighted by a preview penned by Dr. Thomas Pollard. An image from this work, showing growth cones turning was selected for the cover. Jan 06, 2016
Student's Profile featured on UNC Healthcare & UNC SOM Newsroom
Temperance Rowell is a second-year graduate student in the lab of Dr. Robert Tarran. Aug 28, 2015
Spencer Smith featured in Spotlight article!
When Spencer Smith, assistant professor of cell biology and physiology in the School of Medicine who studies the brain, grew frustrated with the lack of resolution provided by traditional microscopes, he and his co-inventor Jeffrey Stirman decided to build his own. The results could unlock some of the brain's greatest mysteries. Aug 28, 2015
Mark Zylka's research featured on various news outlets
The Zylka Lab's research on autism has recently been featured on WRAL, WUNC (NPR), and the UNC Healthcare Newsroom. Aug 28, 2015

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The Hooker Imaging Core is NOW OPEN!!

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