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