Cell and Developmental Biology

Cell and Developmental Biology
Weiskotten Hall
Rm. 1135, 766 Irving Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210
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Phone: 315 464-5120
Name: Joseph W Sanger, PhD, Chair

Research in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology explores the molecular and biochemical mechanisms of cellular function and development.

This program awards:

  • PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology
  • MS in Anatomy
BioChem

Faculty researchers in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology have funding for fundamental studies of: proteins and structures responsible for the assembly and dynamics of myofibrils; the genetics and cell biology of heart formation; the role of class I myosins in kidney functions; the mechanisms of actin assembly during endocytosis; the role of cell adhesion in regulating the cytoskeleton and cell motility in normal and cancerous cells; integrin regulation of the actin cytoskeleton; research on neural plasticity and spinal cord injury; the role of formins in the assembly of the actin cytoskeleton; the identification of genes important for the assembly and motility of cilia.

Models used in the research include: zebrafish, avian embryos, the alga C. reinhardtii, cell culture lines, C. elegans, the yeast S. pombe, rats and mice. Students and faculty use a variety of research methods including sophisticated light microscopy (laser scanning confocal microscopy, spinning disc confocal microscopy, widefield deconvolution imaging, real-time fluorescence microscopy, TIRF microscopy), high-sensitivity digital cameras and image processing, electron microscopy, tissue culture, stereotactic surgery, and a complete range of molecular and biochemical techniques.

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