Cell Biology @ Penn

Cell Biology in Action

Melanocytes are skin cells that synthesize melanin pigments responsible for our skin and hair color and for protection against ultraviolet radiation

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an immunofluorescence micrograph of an albino mouse melanocyte (melan-c) exprssing a variant of a human early stage melanosome constituent, PMEL. The cell was labeled with antibodies to human PMEL (green) and to a constituent of late stage melanosomes, TYRP1 (red). The nucleus was labeled with DAPI (blue). Melanocytes are skin cells that synthesize melanin pigments responsible for our skin and hair color and for protection against ultraviolet radiation. Albino melanocytes do not make melanin, but they still generate non-pigmented melanosomes as visualized here.

Welcome to Penn Cell Biology

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:

  • Signal Transductionthree camb students
  • 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.

 

pictures from orientation 2013Hey incoming students!

Get ready for Orientation! We're having our annual scavenger hunt, happy hours, raffles, subgroup lunches, and more! Events start August 27th, 2014.

Upcoming thesis defenses:

Meredith Wilson
Mentor: Erika Holzbaur
BRB Auditorium, September 4th, 2 - 3 PM

Current events:

Research-in-progress talks start back up September 26th!

 

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!


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