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.

Recent News

Congratulations to the CBN Class of 2015! We wish you success in all you do.

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Congratulations to Professor Melitta Schachner Congratulations to Dr. Melitta Schachner for being ranked as the third most cited researcher in China in the fields...
Congratulations to Professor Ping Xie on her promotion Congratulations to Dr. Ping Xie on her promotion to Associate Professor with tenure.


Research Highlight

BDNF and Brain Development

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The neurotrophin BDNF is a potent modulator of brain activity. In Prof. Mark Plummer’s lab, electrophysiologi–cal, immunocytochemi–cal, and molecular approaches are used to understand the role of BDNF in guiding neurons to their appropriate targets.