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Drosophila sensory neurons tile the larval body wall, Dr. Chun Han

Cell Biology

The faculty of the Cell Biology Group are drawn from many UCSF departments. These research groups share an interest in understanding the structure, function and differentiation of cells and tissues. They employ a wide variety of approaches, instruments and techniques that characterize modern cell biology: advanced microscopy, chemistry, electrophysiology, genetics, and molecular biology. Collaborations among cell biology laboratories and with other scientists at UCSF help create a fertile environment for pursuing answers to questions of cellular structure, function and development. 

To foster communication among the cell biology research groups as well as others at UCSF who are interested in cell biology, the cell biology group sponsors an annual retreat, which is made up of short informal talks (most of which are presented by graduate students, faculty & postdoctoral researchers). The relaxed schedule allows ample opportunity for informal discussions.

First Name Last Namesort descending Research Title
Steven Altschuler Systems biology and pharmacology
Roland Bainton The Biology of Chemical Protection
Fred Chang Regulation of Cell Size and Shape
Andy Chang Mechanisms of oxygen and metabolic sensing
Ben Cheyette Signaling in Psychiatry
Seemay Chou Structural and molecular basis of host-microbe interactions
Bruce Conklin Signaling and Functional Genomics
Jason Cyster Lymphocyte Migration and Selection
Graeme Davis Synapse Formation, Growth and Plasticity
Joseph DeRisi Genomics and Infectious Disease
Rik Derynck Cell Proliferation and Differentiation
Sophie Dumont Mechanical architecture of cell division
Robert Edwards Neurotransmitter Release
Joanne Engel Bacterial Pathogen-Host Cell Interactions
Luke Gilbert Functional genomics and synthetic biology applied to cancer biology
Andrei Goga Oncogene Signaling
Guo Huang Organ development and regeneration
Bo Huang protein complex; membrane receptor; microscopy
Lily Jan Ion channels
David Julius Molecular biology
Natalia Jura Structure Function Studies of Cellular Signaling
Martin Kampmann The protein homeostasis network in normal and disease states of human cells
Aimee Kao Lysosome biology and pH dynamics in aging and disease
Yuriy Kirichok Electrical Signaling at the Mitochondrion in Health and Disease
Noelle L'Etoile Neuronal plasticity
Joachim Li Regulation of Eukaryotic DNA Replication
Wendell Lim Cell signaling; systems and synthetic biology
Averil Ma Ubiquitination and cell signaling
Hiten Madhani Gene expression, genome defense, and pathogenesis
Wallace Marshall How Cells Count and Measure
David Morgan Protein Machines That Drive the Cell Cycle
Keith Mostov Epithelial polarity, morphogenesis and regeneration
Shaeri Mukherjee Host-pathogen interactions
Dyche Mullins Dynamics of Structure of the Cytoskeleton
Geeta Narlikar Mechanisms of Regulating Chromatin Structure and Function
Patrick O'Farrell Cell cycle control in development
Barbara Panning Stem Cell Epigenetics
Feroz Papa Protein misfolding diseases and new modes for therapy
Rushika Perera Reprogramming of cellular metabolic networks in cancer
Davide Ruggero How translational control shapes the proteome in normal and cancer cells
Dean Sheppard In vivo functions of integrins
Thea Tlsty Communal-cell interactions in cancer, genetics, epigenetics
David Toczyski The DNA damage response and ubiquitin-mediated proteolysis
Ron Vale Molecular Motors
Mark von Zastrow Linking Cell Signaling and Membrane Traffic
Peter Walter Mechanisms of Organelle Homeostasis
Rong Wang Molecular Regulation of Arterial-Venous Programming in Development and Disease
Leor Weinberger How viruses (and cells) make decisions
Orion Weiner Cell polarity and migration
Arthur Weiss Lymphocyte Signaling and Activation
Jonathan Weissman Protein folding, functional genomics
Jim Wells Apoptosis and Differentiation
Zena Werb Functional Genomics of Extracellular Proteolysis in Development and Cancer
Torsten Wittmann Cytoskeleton dynamics and microscopy
Lani Wu Systems biology and pharmacology