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.

  1. The race against Zika

    UAlberta researchers seeking ways to diagnose, treat fast-spreading virus possibly linked to birth defects.

  2. UAlberta innovation sheds light on how genetic information travels from cell's nucleus

    Discovery science led by Azra Lari, a PhD candidate in the Montpetit Laboratory and Department of Cell Biology, is revealing aspects of RNA biology rarely seen before. The research, featured in the Journal of Cell Biology and subject of an “In Focus” news article, has revealed how genetic information travels within a living cell using single molecule imaging approaches.

  3. Fighting West Nile and Dengue Viruses through Peroxisomes

    UAlberta research identifies how flaviviruses target an essential organelle to subvert the body’s early antiviral defenses.

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