The Department of Cell Biology is committed to research excellence in modern cell biology, including the areas of protein targeting, membrane trafficking, signal transduction, cell-cell interaction & development, cell growth & division, viral infection and rare diseases. Our faculty is dedicated to quality in teaching at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels to develop a new generation of exceptional investigators.
The development of cell biology as a discipline stems from the works of Claude, Palade and deDuve in which these pioneers made the first successful attempts to link cellular structure with biochemical functions. Today, cell biology combines aspects from many disciplines such as molecular biology, biochemistry and morphology, molding them into a unique approach towards the examination of cell function. Currently the Department of Cell Biology is home to a unique and diverse group of 12 Principal Investigators. Our faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized in experimental cell biology.
Our mission is to develop and provide the highest quality educational programs in cell biology. The active research environment created by members of the Department has the training of students as a top priority. Our goal within this environment is to train and develop highly qualified students who will go on to productive health science related careers. The Department of Cell Biology is committed to a tradition of excellence and innovation in teaching as part of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta.
Jeremy Wideman co-leads a major discovery on mitochondrial evolution while working in the laboratory of Joel Dacks in the Department of Cell Biology. Together with his undergraduate trainees and a group from Dalhousie University, Wideman showed that a key complex of mitochondrial cristae is conserved across eukaryotes and has bacterial origins.
The Symposium brought together leaders from around the world to celebrate the discoveries that have formed our current view of the workings of the cell and to highlight future areas of investigation and discovery in cell biology and molecular medicine.
Dr. Richard Wozniak has received the John A. Boezi Memorial Alumnus Award recognizing the achievements of an alumnus of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology who has distinguished himself/herself in research, teaching, public service, and career development.
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