Cell biology


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

Professor, Department of Cell Biology

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


David Brass

Scientific Grant Writer II, Department of Cell Biology

Wendy Fritz

Administrative Assistant II, Department of Cell Biology

Recent Publications

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  • 118 papers published in 2022
  • 48 papers in high-impact journals in 2022
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