Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Penn Cell Biology

Welcome to Cell Biology @ Penn

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 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.

Launch of Metabolomics Core

Announcing the launch of the new Metabolomics Core in the Penn Cardiovascular Institute (CVI), headed by Chris Petucci, Ph.D. Current assay modules include the LC/MS-based quantification of acylcarnitines, amino acids, nucleotides, TCA cycle organic acids, and acyl coenzyme As. Learn more...