Cell and Developmental Biology

Our research explores the molecular and biochemical mechanisms of cellular function and development. Students and faculty use a variety of research methods including sophisticated light microscopy, electron microscopy, tissue culture, stereotactic surgery, flow cytometry and a complete range of molecular and biochemical techniques.

Our educational programs serve both the medical educational curriculum for the medical degree, and graduate education leading to a doctoral degree in Cell and Developmental Biology. With our strong relationship with other departments within the medical school, and with Syracuse University, we offer a wide range of educational and research opportunities to fit student research interests.

Joseph W. Sanger, Ph.D.
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Joseph W. Sanger, Ph.D., Chair
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Location: 1135 Weiskotten Hall
766 Irving Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: (315) 464-5120
Fax: (315) 464-8535
wild-type paxillin cells
wild-type paxillin cells


paxillin lacking LD4 cells
paxillin lacking LD4 cells

Cells expressing wild-type paxillin (top) or paxillin lacking LD4 (bottom) were scratch-wounded followed by fixation 12 hours post-wounding. Tubulin (Green) and alpha-mannosidase II (Red) were labeled to note cell polarization and Golgi orientation. Cells expressing paxillin lacking LD4 are unable to reorient the Golgi towards the wound edge. From the lab of Christopher Turner, PhD.

lab assistant examining bottles