Cell Biology Program
Program Director: Dr. Victor Fried
Training in the broad areas of Cell Biology and Neuroscience leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees is available to prepare students for research and teaching careers in universities, medical schools and private industry.
Ongoing projects include studies of oncogene expression and cytokines, apoptosis in glaucoma, the role of astrocytes in cerebral ischemia, modulation of neuronal and astrocytic signaling, growth control in skeletal muscle, signal transduction in a variety of tissues including platelets, retina, muscle cells, and the leech nervous system, intracellular protein degradation, cytoskeletal and receptor function, the development and regeneration of the visual system, extracellular matrices and limb development, spinal cord injury, and molecular mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease. The department has state-of-the-art facilities for the techniques used in these studies, which include tissue culture, subcellular fractionation, protein sequencing, mass spectroscopy protein chemistry, recombinant DNA, fluorescent digital image analysis, electron microscopy, electrophysiological recording, and confocal and 2-photon microscopy.