Cell & Developmental Biology Faculty

The following is an alphabetical list of active MCB faculty members and brief descriptions of their research. Additional faculty lists are available using the links below.

Emeriti and Professors of the Graduate School | Secondary Divisional Affiliates | Bowes Research Fellows

Diana Bautista
Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Molecular mechanisms of transduction in touch and pain receptors

David Bilder
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Genetics of cell and tissue architecture

Gloria Brar
Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Regulation of meiotic translation, the roles of pervasive short translation products, and the co-option of stress responses for cellular differentiation through meiosis

W. Zacheus Cande
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Cell and developmental biology

Abby Dernburg
Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Chromosome organization and dynamics during meiosis

David G. Drubin
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Actin and microtubule cytoskeletons in yeast and mammalian cells

Gary Firestone
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Molecular endocrinology; tumor biology

Daniel A. Fletcher
Professor (Affiliated) of Cell and Developmental Biology
Mechanics and dynamics of cell movements on the purified protein, single cell, and tissue levels

Iswar Hariharan
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Mechanisms of control of growth and cell proliferation. Regulation of regenerative growth.

Lin He
Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
microRNA functions in cancer development, mouse tumor models

Rebecca Heald
Flora Lamson Hewlett Chair and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Mitotic spindle assembly and function in Xenopus laevis

Dirk Hockemeyer
Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Telomere biology of human stem cells

Gary Karpen
Adjunct Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Chromosome structure and function

Arash Komeili
Associate Professor (Affiliated) of Cell and Developmental Biology
Assembly and Subcellular Organization of Bacterial Organelles

Polina Lishko
Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Cell biology of mammalian fertilization

Kunxin Luo
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Signal transduction pathways mediated by receptors and the mechanisms controlling the activity of the receptor kinases

Terry Machen
Associate Dean of Biological Sciences and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Epithelial transport; cellular and membrane physiology

G. Steven Martin
Dean of Biological Sciences and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Cell biology; tumor virology

George Oster
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Mathematical modeling of molecular, cellular and developmental systems

Michael Rape
Howard Hughes Investigator and Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Protein ubiquitination, degradation and the control of cell division and differentiation

Randy Schekman
Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Organelle assembly; protein transport

Karsten Weis
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Macromolecular transport into and out of the nucleus in eukaryotic cells

David Weisblat
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Developmental biology

Matthew Welch
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Cytoskeletal function in cell migration, membrane trafficking and microbial pathogenesis

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Emeriti and Professors of the Graduate School

Beth Burnside
Professor Emerita of Cell and Developmental Biology
Cell biology of the photoreceptor cytoskeleton

John Gerhart
Professor of the Graduate School Division of Cell and Developmental Biology
Developmental biology

Robert Macey
Professor Emeritus of Cell and Developmental Biology

Howard Mel
Professor Emeritus of Cell and Developmental Biology

Satyabrata Nandi
Professor Emeritus of Cell and Developmental Biology
Tumor biology; endocrinology

Harry Rubin
Professor Emeritus of Cell and Developmental Biology
Cell and tumor biology

Fred Wilt
Professor of the Graduate School Division of Cell and Developmental Biology
Molecular embryology; cell biology

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Secondary Divisional Affiliates

The following faculty have a secondary affiliation with the Cell & Developmental Biology division.

Georjana Barnes
Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development
Microtubule cytoskeleton and cell cycle controls

Greg Barton
Associate Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis
Innate immune system

James Hurley
Judy C. Webb Chair and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Structural membrane biology

Nicole King
Howard Hughes Investigator and Associate Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development
Choanoflagellates, animal origins, and the evolution of host-microbe interactions

Doug Koshland
Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Chair in the Biological Sciences & Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development
Mechanisms and principles that mediate desiccation tolerance and the structure, integrity, and evolution of chromosomes

Eva Nogales
Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Structure-function of macromolecular assemblies: cytoskeleton self-assembly and nucleic acid transactions

Ellen Robey
Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis
Fate determination in the T-lymphocyte lineage

Jeremy Thorner
Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Signal transduction mechanisms; biochemistry; molecular genetics; cell biology

Elçin Ünal
Assistant Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development
Investigating the mechanisms that ensure cellular fitness during gametogenesis

Roberto Zoncu
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
How organelles sense nutrients and regulate cellular growth

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