- Schmid, Sandra Leader
The recently completed human genome provides a list of all of the components of the cell; but what do they do and how do they work? These basic questions will drive Cell Biological research well into the new millennium. Cell Biologists at TSRI are uniquely poised to exploit the vast information base of the human genome. Our comprehensive toolbox includes âtried-and-trueâ classical tools used with innovative new twists (including biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and light and electron microscopy), and powerful new tools (including genomics, proteomics, video and deconvolution microscopy, combinatorial chemistry and high through-put robotics).
Our world-renowned faculty of Cell Biologists seek to understand the mechanisms by which cells carry out their general and specific functions. Research areas being pursued include:
And within the context of a human body, members of the Cell Biology Department are exploring:
Cell Biologists at TSRI are providing important new insights into understanding and treatment of numerous human diseases, including muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, cardiomyopathy, heart disease, cancer, retinal degeneration and mental retardation.
The breadth and depth of research opportunities in Cell Biology at TSRI make for an outstanding training environment for both students and postdoctoral fellows. Moreover, Cell Biology at TSRI is integrated with other departments such as Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Immunology and Vascular Biology so that we have our fingers on the pulse of new discoveries and new approaches across a wide range of biological, structural and chemical disciplines. The post-genome era will be one of rapid growth and discovery in Cell Biology. Through the application of sophisticated tools we are rapidly placing newly identified genes in their functional context within the cell and within our bodies. It could not be a more exciting time.