SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Department of Cell Biology
The Department of Cell Biology is a multidisciplinary basic science department in the College of Medicine (COM). Our diverse research portfolio emphasizes the mechanisms of gene expression in health and disease, particularly with respect to lipid metabolism, the cardiovascular system, microbiology, immunology, and organ system development. Joint research projects with clinical departments, such as Ophthalmology (as partners in the SUNY-Eye Institute and Medicine, focus on cardiovascular disease, diabetes, glaucoma/blindness, epilepsy, autoimmunity, and cancer. Faculty have appointments in the School of Graduate Studies so as to mentor and train doctoral candidates in the Programs in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Neural and Behavioral Science, and Biomedical Engineering.
Faculty are also medical educators responsible for delivering pre-clinical (Foundation) years training in the COM, most notably Gross Anatomy, Histology, and Neuroanatomy. This is reflected in our Gross Anatomy faculty’s research in the evolution of human anatomical structures and in new modalities for medical education, including the medical educator pathway. In addition, we teach in the College of Health Related Professions, and the College of Nursing.