Primary Faculty

The Department of Cell Biology has 18 primary faculty dedicated to the latest research in cell biology as well as teaching.  See also the listings of faculty by research themes in the drop down menu or click on any name to see a full profile of each faculty member.

Scott H. Soderling, Ph.D., Professor and Chair

  Synaptic signaling to the actin cytoskeleton; synaptic basis of neuropsychiatric disorders

Michel Bagnat, Ph.D., Associate Professor

  Cellular mechanisms of tube formation and fluid secretion in zebrafish

Blanche Capel, Ph.D., James B. Duke Professor

  Sex determination and mammalian development

Marc G. Caron, Ph.D., James B. Duke Professor

  Hormone/neruotransmitter action; regulation of responsiveness; models of drug addiction

Yarui Diao, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

  Develop and apply new genomic tools to understand tissue repair and cancer development

Stefano Di Talia, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

  Quantitative systems level approach to Developmental Biology

Sharyn Endow, Ph.D., Professor

  Molecular motor structure/function

Harold P. Erickson, Ph.D., James B. Duke Professor

  Cytoskeleton of eukaryotes and bacteria; cell adhesion and extracellular matrix

Cagla Eroglu, Ph.D., Associate Professor

  Synapse formation in the CNS; Role of astrocytes in synapse formation

Brigid L.M. Hogan, Ph.D., Professor

  Mammalian development and organogenesis; tissue stem cells

John Klingensmith, Ph.D., Associate Professor

  Molecular genetics of mammalian development and birth defects

Chay T. Kuo, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor

  Postnatal neural stem cell plasticity; neural circuit remodeling, repair, and cancer

Thomas J. McIntosh, Ph.D., Professor

  Membrane Structure; membrane rafts

Christopher V. Nicchitta, Ph.D., Professor

  mRNA localization, protein synthesis, and translational regulation

Kenneth D. Poss, Ph.D., James B. Duke Professor

  Models, concepts, and mechanisms of tissue regeneration in zebrafish

Purushothama Rao Tata, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

   Genetic and epigenetic basis of cell identity and plasticity in regeneration and tumorigenesis

Steven R. Vigna, Ph.D., Associate Professor

  Gastrointestinal hormones and neuropeptides; medical student teaching

Eda Yildirim, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

  Epigenetic regulation and nuclear organization in mammalian development and disease

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