The Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy Department has unique strengths in basic sciences of genetics and cell biology which the departmental faculty is leveraging to understand basic biological processes related to tissue and organ function, developmental biology and stem cell biology as well as aberration of these processes in human diseases such as cancer, retinal and neural degeneration and autoimmunity.
A critical mission of the department is medical and graduate education to help train outstanding physicians and scientists, and to prepare future leaders in biomedicine. The departmental faculty plays an essential role in training medical students at early stages of their career in human anatomy, and our senior clinical fellows revisit anatomy through our outstanding Advanced Anatomy Laboratories program.
The twin missions of the department, to excel in education and research, are best reflected in the following quotes "It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge" and "If we knew what we were doing it wouldn't be research" from Albert Einstein.
Dr. Band's major immediate goals are to: i) develop novel ways of medical and graduate student education; ii) recruit outstanding students (MS, PhD, MD/PhD) to the GCBA graduate program, iii) increase the size and stature of research faculty, and increase our expertise in the areas of genomics/bioinformatics and cutting edge areas of cell biology; and, iv) create synergies among our outstanding faculty and with others on campus to increase the extramural funding of the department from federal and non-federal sources. The approach to achieving these goals will include promotion of intra- and inter-departmental collaborative research programs, new recruitments and raising the standards of academic pursuits throughout the department.
Vimla Band, Ph.D.
Ardith and Anna Von Housen
Professor and Chair