Primary Faculty

The Department of Cell Biology faculty are 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., Professor - Nanaline Duke Distinguished Professor in the School of Medicine

  Cellular mechanisms of tube formation and fluid secretion in zebrafish

Suzanne Barbour, Ph.D., Professor, Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education

  Serves as the senior administrator in The Graduate School and responsible for all policies and procedures in the graduate programs  

Blanche Capel, Ph.D., Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs and James B. Duke Professor

  Sex determination and mammalian development

Yarui Diao, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

  Regeneration Genomics

Stefano Di Talia, Ph.D., Associate Professor

  Quantitative systems level approach to Developmental Biology

Sharyn Endow, Ph.D., Professor

  Molecular motor structure/function

Cagla Eroglu, Ph.D., Vice Chair of Research, Professor - Chancellor's Distinguished Professor of Cell Biology, and HHMI Investigator

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

Chantell Evans, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

  Mitochondrial regulation in neurons and neurodegenerative disease

Amy Gladfelter, Ph.D., Professor

  Mechanisms of cytoplasm organization and cell shape control in fungi and placenta

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

Akankshi Munjal, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

  Uncovering principles of tissue morphogenesis with zebrafish

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., Associate Professor

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

Rohit Singh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics and Department of Cell Biology

   Research interests broadly lie in the area of computational biology, leveraging machine learning to develop precision diagnostics and therapeutics

Eda Yildirim, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

  Epigenetic regulation and nuclear organization in mammalian development and disease