Cell biology

Overview

Department of Cell Biology

Our health, and consequently our lives, depend on the coordinated activities of our individual cells; diseases arise when the activities of these individual cells become derailed.

Through our combined expertise in different cell types and communication mechanisms and using state-of-the-art approaches, scientists in VAI’s Department of Cell Biology pursue fundamental research to understand how our cells grow, communicate, survive, assemble into tissues and organs, respond to the environment, and change with age.

This transformative work will yield new diagnostic and treatment strategies to improve the quality of life for people with cancer, bone diseases and rare disorders.

Our Faculty

Tao Yang, Ph.D.

Interim Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology

Skeletal Biology

Stephanie Grainger, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology

Wnt Signaling in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Development and Cancer

Brian Haab, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Cell Biology; Assistant Dean, Van Andel Institute Graduate School

Cancer Immunodiagnostics

Scott Jewell, Ph.D.

Director, Pathology and Biorepository Core

Core Technologies and Services

Matt Steensma, M.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology

Musculoskeletal Oncology

Bart Williams, Ph.D.

Director, Core Technologies and Services; Professor, Department of Cell Biology

Cell Signaling and Carcinogenesis

DEPARTMENT STAFF

Sonya Craig, Ph.D.

Scientific Grant Writer

Recent Publications

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  • 171 studies published from Nov. 1, 2020 to Oct. 1, 2021
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