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Department of Cell and Developmental Biology

‘Spatial and Temporal Control of Synaptic Transmission’ Jan. 20

Jan. 17, 2020—Shigeki Watanabe, assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology at Johns Hopkins University, will discuss “Spatial and Temporal Control of Synaptic Transmission” on Monday, Jan. 20, beginning at 12:15 p.m. in MRBIII, Room 1220.

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Vanderbilt-led team discovers new genetic disease and defines underlying mechanism

Jan. 13, 2020—An international research team has discovered a new genetic syndrome caused by mutation of a single gene and named it CATIFA, an acronym for its core symptoms.

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Genetic screen in worms reveals critical step in insulin synthesis

Dec. 4, 2019—The identification of a protein important for insulin synthesis may hold clues for understanding the pathogenesis of diabetes.

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Cell and Developmental Biology lecture by Chris Halbrook Dec. 2

Nov. 24, 2019—Chris Halbrook will present “Metabolism Drives Therapy Resistance Crosstalk Mechanisms and Shapes Tumor Cell Identity” on Dec. 2 at 12:15 p.m. in MRB III, Room 1220. Halbrook is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Costas Lyssiotis Lab at the University of Michigan.

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Understanding cell division

Nov. 18, 2019—Vanderbilt researchers have uncovered another piece in the puzzle of how cells divide — a process that goes awry in cancer cells.

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‘Building a Neuron with Motors and Microtubules’ Nov. 7

Oct. 30, 2019—The Department of Cell and Developmental Biology Seminar Series presents Jill Wildonger, associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin, on Thursday, Nov. 7. Wildonger will discuss "Building a Neuron with Motors and Microtubules" beginning at 12:15 p.m. in MRB III, Room 3131.

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Microscopic spines connect worm neurons

Oct. 17, 2019—Worm neurons have microscopic “spines” — where nerve-to-nerve communication happens — that share features with mammalian neurons, supporting the use of worms to study spine genetics and biology.

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Microvilli in motion

Sep. 19, 2019—Live cell imaging studies have revealed that microvilli — finger-like protrusions on the surface of epithelial cells — move and collide as they form the brush border.

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The plus and minus of microtubules

Sep. 5, 2019—Understanding the dynamic regulation of cytoskeletal microtubules may suggest new ways to treat disorders ranging from Alzheimer's disease to cancer.

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A “rheostat” for cancer signals

Aug. 27, 2019—Jason MacGurn and colleagues have characterized a “rheostat” that sets WNT pathway signaling in breast cancer cells.

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Department of Cell and Developmental Biology’s Monday Seminar Series begins Aug. 19

Aug. 16, 2019—Monday’s weekly seminars are on a cutting-edge topics in Cell or Developmental Biology, as well as Stem Cell and Epithelial Biology.

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Protein’s role in inflammation-related cancer studied

Aug. 15, 2019—Investigators are exploring the molecular mechanisms behind the association of chronic inflammation and colon cancer.

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