Cell Biology and Neuroscience (CBN) provides an exciting and challenging academic environment by combining excellence in research with a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.  CBN research encompasses the complementary areas of cell biology, developmental biology and neurobiology with an emphasis on fundamental problems in cell signaling and communication. Current areas of focus are biomolecular recognition and cell communication as well as molecular mechanisms of neuronal signaling and synaptic plasticity.  CBN takes a comprehensive approach that begins with introductory lecture courses, continues with advanced topics seminar courses, and culminates in advanced laboratory coursework.

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CBN scientists investigate excess protein production in brain cells In today’s online edition of Nature Neuroscience, professors Karl Herrup, Ronald Hart and Jiali Li in the Department...

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Research Highlight

Microglial chemotaxis in the brain

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Work in Prof. Wu’s lab shows how microglia interact with neurons. Microglia are labeled with GFP. The figure show microglia sending processes to damage signals, such as ATP. Prof. Wu’s lab mainly focuses on how microglia communicate with neurons using electrophysiology and imaging approaches both in vitro and in vivo.