About the Department


Welcome to the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology

We are UIC’s home for Cellular and Systems Neuroscience and Cell Biology. You will find information here about Faculty in our Department and their research. Today, the goal of understanding the cell and molecular basis of brain and cellular function has become attainable through advances in imaging and molecular technology, and development of models for human disease or behavior. Our Department has a strong focus in the Neurosciences, which spans cellular molecular, organizational and behavioral approaches. Our interests range, for example, from molecular biology of ion channels to cellular, molecular motors and the regulation of axonal transport, to molecular and sensory physiology, to aging in the brain, to imaging of brain function, and hormone effects on behavior. Our Graduate Program is designed to prepare students for the challenges facing all Neuroscientists and Cell Biologists as we seek to understand the basic mechanisms of neuronal and cellular function. The goal is to develop an understanding to the normal and disease states that can lead to therapeutic strategies for disease states, including neurodegenerative diseases (such as Alzheimer's, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s Disease), psychiatric disorders and deafness.

UIC and Chicago offer a rich cultural and intellectual environment. Our Program is enhanced by interdisciplinary collaborations with other units across the University of Illinois at Chicago campus. Our graduate program includes faculty with appointments in Neurology, Ophthalmology, Anesthesiology, and Psychiatry. Moreover, we are coordinating with the new campus interdepartmental Neuroscience program for development of courses and additional research resources. Some of our goals here include multidisciplinary approaches to unique animal models and the development of novel imaging approaches to the nervous system.

Graduate courses available in our Department include: Cellular and Systems Neurobiology, Neuroendocrinology, Concepts of Synaptic Structure and Function, Chemical and Molecular Plasticity, Sensory Motor Systems, and the Cytoskeleton. To further enrich each course, we offer a related Seminar Series each semester, where we invite leaders in the field to give talks and meet our Graduate Students personally at an informal breakfast or lunch. Our recent series on Genes, Hormones and Behavior, given in conjunction with the Neuroendocrinology course, included seminars on neural plasticity of birdsong, estrogen effects on synaptic plasticity, and sexual dimorphism of the brain, given by top researchers in those fields.

The UIC College of Medicine is looking forward to a new, state-of-the-art $100 million Research Building, scheduled to open in 2005. Our students are supported either by fellowships or by teaching and research stipends. We hope that you will explore the opportunities for a PhD in our Department. The enclosed descriptions highlight the stimulating and cutting edge research interests of our nationally and internationally renowned Faculty. Our Faculty has been recognized for their publications in prestigious journals and their activities on National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and NASA review panels and advisory groups. Within the University, they have been recognized for excellence in teaching by their peers, as well as by students. All of our Faculty work directly with their students to ensure the best possible research environment and graduate training experience. This is reflected in the honors and recognition received in recent years by our students at the campus, national and international levels. Our students have been successful in obtaining top postdoctoral and faculty positions at premier academic institutions and industries in the United States and abroad.

Go to the links on these pages to learn more about our Faculty and their research, our Graduate Training program and the resources we have available for continuing our scholarly traditions in research, training and service. Admission is through the UIC GEMS program. If you are a prospective student, you will also find all the information you will need to contact the University and us, including the forms you will need to apply to our program. We look forward to hearing from you and we will be happy to discuss training opportunities in the Neurosciences and Cell Biology.

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Our Department has a strong focus in the Neurosciences, which spans cellular molecular, organizational and behavioral approaches.