The Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy is one of four basic science departments within the Medical College of Georgia (one of the nine colleges that comprise Georgia Regents University). The department has strong collaborative ties with many of the clinical departments, research centers and institutes on campus and offers a rich environment for scientific discovery and dissemination of new knowledge.
Mission: The Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy has as its core mission the advancement of outstanding research and education. We work collaboratively to discover new knowledge through innovative biomedical research, to transmit that knowledge to students, and to train future researchers, educators and health care professionals.
Research: Research in the department covers the broad spectrum of development, normal processes, and death. Developmental biologists within our group study how polarity and patterning are established in organisms. Other investigators study mechanisms of protection, repair and regeneration related to diseases of the kidney, bone, breast, visual and auditory systems and the central nervous system.There are numerous substantive interactions with clinicians offering myriad opportunities for translational science. A broad array of genetic, molecular, cell biological, biochemical tools are used in studies of multiple model systems.The research activities of the department are augmented by our weekly seminar series and our monthly journal club. Our department is home to many post-doctoral fellows and research scientists who contribute significantly to the research mission of the department as they launch their own scientific careers. Our research is supported by an imaging core facility (directed by Dr. Paul McNeil, assisted by Drs. Richard Cameron and Anna McNeil and Mr. Timothy Kurtz), an electron microscopy, and histology core facility (directed by Ms. Penny Roon, assisted by Mrs. Donna Kumiski and Mrs. Libby Perry).
Education: All faculty members in the Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy are engaged
in our educational mission. We are involved in the continuum of teaching from didactic
sessions in large group settings to one-on-one teaching in laboratories. Some faculty
members deliver lectures and oversee laboratory activities in the anatomical sciences
(human gross anatomy, medical histology, development, neuroanatomy) for medical students,
medical illustration students, allied health science students (physician assistant,
occupational therapy, physical therapy), and students in the respiratory therapy and
nursing anesthesia programs.
Other faculty direct and deliver lectures in the graduate Molecular Cell Biology course offered as part of the core to all PhD Biomedical Sciences Program students; we teach many of the other graduate courses offered through the College of Graduate Studies.
Our teaching also extend to laboratory rotations for graduate students interested in pursuing research in the dynamic field of cell biology.
Graduate student Paulomi Sanghavi’s abstract was chosen for a talk at the South East Society for Developmental Biology meeting that she and her mentor Dr. Graydon Gonsalvez just attended in Nashville. Sanghavi’s presentation, “Localization of the Drosophila posterior fate determinant requires the concerted activities of Dynein and Kinesin” won the award for "Best Graduate Student Presentation" at the meeting. Congratulations to Paulomi on doing a great job! (5/13)
Dr. Brendan Marshall
Congratulation to Brendan Marshall, Ph.D. for being chosen for an oral presentation at the 2013 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Meeting, Life-Changing Research, May 5-9, in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Marshall’s presentation was titled "Prevention of Cytomegalovirus Induced Retinitis by Intravenous Administration of Virus Specific siRNA". Dr. Marshall is a Research Scientist in CB&A. (5/13)
VA Research Week Awards
At the VA Research Week Award Presentations, Dr. Qinging Wei won the first place prize for non-student presentations with “Induction Of Mir-489 During Renal Ischemia-Reperfusion Protects Against Acute Kidney Injury”; and Mallikarjun Patil won the second place prize for student presentations with "Nek1 is an essential regulator of S phase and unperturbed cell cycle progression". Dr. Wei is an Assistant Professor and Mr. Patil is a Graduate Research Assistant in Dr. Zheng Dong's lab. Congratulations to them both on this wonderful news! (5/13)
Dr. Zheng Dong
Dr. Zheng Dong, Senior Research Career Scientist at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center and Regents' Professor of Cellular Biology and Anatomy at Georgia Regents University will deliver the Keynote Address at the Charlie Norwood VAMC Research Week event May 14-15. His address is titled "Mitochondrial dynamics in cell death: a tale of two membranes." (5/13)
Congratulations to Steven Walker for his receipt of the Excellence in Research Award for the Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy in recognition for his work titled; "Genetic circuitry of cell-specific retinal neuron regeneration" that was presented March 22, 2013 at the 29th Annual Graduate Research Day. Congratulations to Steven and to his mentor Dr. Jeff Mumm. (3/13)
Exemplary Teaching Awards
Congratulations to Anna Edmondson, Tom Gale, Adarsh Gulati, Carol Nichols, Dale Sickles and Sylvia Smith for receiving the Exemplary Teaching Award from the Educational Innovation Institute. (3/13)
Dr. Bill Pearson
Congratulations Bill for your recognition for the outstanding presentation at the International Dysphagia Research Society Meeting. (3/13)
Dr. Samuel Herberg
Congratulations Samuel for successfully defending your thesis on March 14th. Congratulations to you and your mentor Dr. Dave Hill. (3/13)
Zheng Dong VA Merit Renewal
This is the second renewal of Zheng's VA Meit Project titled "Molecular Mechanism of ISchemic Renal Failure". (3/13)