Cell Biology and Physiology
Track Director: R. K. Rao, Ph.D. (UT Health Science Center)
Cellular and Molecular Physiology explores functional relationships within cells, between cells and their environments to form tissues, between tissues to form organs, communications among organs to form body systems and the mechanisms involved in coordination and regulation of the multiple systems to sustain a viable organism. It is essential to understand the details of these processes at the cellular and molecular levels to seek insight into the dysregulation of this fine tuned biological system under pathophysiologic conditions and to enable us to develop therapeutics for the treatment of human diseases.
Faculty members under this program are involved in cutting-edge research on diverse topics, including cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory, neurodegenerative and hematopoietic diseases. Investigations are conducted at the cellular and molecular levels on specific topics such as signal transduction, cell adhesion, cell division and death, cell migration and tumor metastasis, animal models of diseases including genetically engineered mice, cytoskeleton, cerebral circulation, inflammatory responses, gene therapy, ion channels and wound healing.
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