Cell Biology @ Penn

Cell Biology in Action

Microtubule motors interact with the cytoskeleton to facilitate myonuclei movement.

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Golgi wrap around myonuclei.

Welcome to the Penn Cell Biology Site

Cell Biology at Penn includes an interdisciplinary group of investigators with a common interest in understanding the inner workings of the basic unit of life, the cell. Major research themes include:ff

  • Signal Transduction
  • Intracellular Trafficking and Organelle Function
  • Membrane Transport
  • Cytoskeleton, Motility, and Adhesion
  • Metabolism

Researchers at Penn employ a broad array of organisms, from yeasts to human, and state-of-the-art research tools - microscopy, genomic and proteomic technologies, electrophysiology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

We strive to foster diverse interdisciplinary research collaborations between traditional cell biology labs and colleagues investigating the molecular foundations of human disease, embryonic development, biomedical engineering, and structural biology. We also work to provide a stimulating and challenging environment for the training of students and postdoctoral fellows in cutting edge cell biology research.


Interested in applying to UPenn's Cell and Molecular Biology graduate program?

Applications for Fall 2014 is now closed. Click here for information about Fall 2015 applications!
Check out CAMB's subprogram, Cellular Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism!

Congratulations to our recent graduates!

Dr. Alexander Babich
Advisor: Dr. Janis Burkhardt
"Role of Cytoskeleton Remodeling in T-cell Receptor Signaling and Integrin Activation at the Immunological Synapse"

Dr. Chukwuka Didgu, PhD
Advisor: Dr. Robert Doms
"Precision genome engineering using designer nucleases: Specificity and therapeutic applications"

Dr. Paul Hess, PhD
Advisor: Dr. Mark Kahn
" Platelets Mediate Lympho-Venous Hemostasis to Maintain Blood-Lymphatic Separation Throughout Life"

Dr. Ruchira S. Ranaweera, PhD
Advisor: Dr. Xiaolu Yang, PhD
"Control of the Tumor Supressor p53 by Regulating Mdm2 Activity and Stability"

Links of Interest

Student and Faculty Recent Publications
Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism Program
Research at Penn
CAMB Newsletter
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Department of Physiology
Pennsylvania Muscle Institute
Penn School of Medicine