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The Department of Cell Biology plays an essential role teaching basic medical knowledge in the pre-clinical Foundations Years of the new Integrated Pathways Curriculum

Members of the faculty serve in curriculum leadership as Unit or Subunit directors.  In addition to creating lectures for the new curriculum, our faculty have developed and lead parallel small group activities such as Gross Anatomy Dissection, Histology Laboratories and Problem Based Learning based on medical cases. 

Topics taught by our faculty include:

Basic Science

  • Biochemistry
  • Metabolic Pathways
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Molecular and Human Genetics
  • Mechanisms of Oncogenesis
  • Immune Response
  • Infectious Disease


Organ Systems

  • Skin and Connective Tissue
  • Musculoskeletal system: interrelationship of muscles, nerves, bones and joints.
  • Blood and Hematopoiesis: basic elements of blood, blood cell and blood vessel development, and the mechanism of clotting and gas exchange.
  • The Immune System
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Respiratory system: including the regulation of breathing, and exchange of gases at the periphery and in the lungs.
  • Gastrointestinal system, abdomen and pelvis / intermediary metabolism.
  • Urinary system: kidney, ureters, bladder and urethra.
  • Endocrine and reproductive systems
  • Neuroscience: the anatomy and physiology of the central nervous system, including organizational principles, major systems and brain-behavior relationships


In addition, our laboratories provide medical students the opportunity to perform original research in many of these topic areas during the summer. 
Research areas include cardiovascular disease, diseases of vision, neuroscience, hearing, autoimmunity, and cancer.