Welcome to Cell Biology and Anatomy

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  • Tenure and Promotion Decisions – Congratulations to Dr. Daping Fan who recently received tenure with promotion to Associate Professor and to Drs. Edie Goldsmith and Holly LaVoie who received promotions to Full Professor.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Jay Potts upon receipt of funding from Cook Biotech, Inc for his project titled “Novel microencapsulation for enhancing OASIS matrices”.    These studies will provide preclinical data establishing optimal parameters for delivery of peptide-containing microcarriers to promote healing and regeneration.  This project takes advantage of an established collaboration between the labs of Dr. Potts and Dr. Rob Gourdie at Virginia Tech University – Carillion.

  • Congratulations to Vinal Menon who has received a USC SPARC grant entitled “Altered hemodynamics regulates cardiac valve development”.  Vinal is a PhD student in the Biomedical Science program who is working under the mentorship of Dr. Jay Potts.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Francis Spinale, a recipient of the USC 2014 Breakthrough Leadership in Research Award.  Dr. Spinale has an exemplary record of research and scholarly activity including over four hundred scientific publications and over three hundred presentations at scientific conferences.  He continues to be well-funded with research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Veteran’s Administration and ongoing collaborations with industrial partners.  Throughout his career, Dr. Spinale has been engaged in training the next generation of researchers and has mentored numerous junior scientists including faculty, residents, students and others.  Since arriving at USC, he has led efforts to expand the research capabilities of the University through acquisition of state-of-the-art biomedical research equipment.  Congratulations to Dr. Spinale on this much deserved recognition.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Adam Hartstone-Rose for recent funding of his grant from the National Science Foundation entitled "Collaborative Research: Skeletal Muscle Constraint on Relative Brain Size".   This collaborative research project focuses on the analysis of interspecific variation in muscle mass and muscle fiber composition across primates and will provide insight into how muscle contributes to the overall energy budget of an organism.
  • The Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy sponsored two sessions of the Carolina Masters Scholars program, one in Cardiovascular Biology and the other in Functional Anatomy. Read more…
  • Congratulations to Drs. Rich Goodwin and Harold Friedman (Department of Surgery) for their receipt of funding through the School of Medicine RDF program.  Their funded research focuses on the use of biomolecules to improve the functionality of implanted biomedical devices.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Erika Blanck on her recent promotion to Clinical Associate Professor!  Dr. Blanck teaches in several anatomy courses including the Medical Embryology and Gross Anatomy course and directs the School of Medicine Gift of Body program.
  • Dr. Tripp Bell, a faculty member in the Department of Radiology and member of the Medical Embryology and Gross Anatomy team, recently received the 2014 MI Teacher of the Year Award!  Congratulations to Tripp and all of the Gross Anatomy faculty.
  • Dr. Susan Lessner and colleagues received funding through the ASPIRE II Program. This program, run out of the USC Vice President for Research office, is designed to promote interdisciplinary collaborations and to provide a foundation for large thematic type grant proposals such as Program Projects.  The proposal by Dr. Lessner and colleagues, titled “Identifying patient-specific risk factors for large vessel ischemic stroke using a multidisciplinary approach” involves collaborations between the USC Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Surgery and Division of Vascular Surgery (Greenville Hospital System).  The studies will evaluate gender-specific differences in the mechanical properties of atherosclerotic plaques and examine the effect of material fatigue on these properties over time.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Daping Fan, 2014 University of South Carolina Breakthrough Star. To see all of the Breakthrough Stars go to http://sc.edu/vpresearch/breakthrough2014.shtml.

  • Cell Biology and Anatomy faculty, students and staff participate in the Midlands Heart Walk. Read More….
  • Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy recently hosted two Mini-Med School sessions. Read More ...

CBA Mission Statement

The USC Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy has as its core mission to aggressively pursue excellence in biomedical research and medical and graduate education. Faculty, students and staff in the department are dedicated to advancing scientific knowledge in biomedical science with concentrations in cardiovascular development/disease, reproductive biology, regenerative medicine and functional anatomy. Departmental personnel are also committed to providing rigorous, state-of-the-art education in anatomical and cell biological sciences to the next generation of researchers, educators and health care professionals.