Cell Biology Education & Training

The Department of Cell Biology is a vibrant and interactive community that is committed to both cutting edge research and the training and career development of the next generation of biomedical researchers and physicians.

As part of an integrated pre-clerkship medical education curriculum, our faculty introduce medical students to the forms and functions of cells and tissues through nearly 100 hours of instruction across three semesters. Our faculty also have a strong track record of training Ph.D and M.D./Ph.D. candidates in the UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Perot Family Scholars Medical Scientist Training Program. Cell Biology Faculty members currently belong to the following Basic Biomedical Sciences graduate programs: Biochemistry; Biomedical Engineering; Cancer Biology; Cell and Molecular Biology; Genetics, Development and Disease; and Molecular Biophysics. Postdoctoral trainees can take advantage of UT Southwestern's innovative Postdoctoral Training Program, which offers career counseling, certification pathways and a variety of elective courses.

Our faculty members provide training and research opportunities in all aspects of cell and molecular biology. Our open-lab design and shared spaces encourage exchange of ideas and cross-training. We also have venues for more formal idea exchange including departmental Work in Progress Seminars (WIPS) and departmental retreats, where trainees present their work. Graduate students and postdocs are given an opportunity to interact with the distinguished scientists who are invited as speakers for our Department Seminar Series.

Postdoctoral fellows and graduate students are a vital part of our cell biology community. In addition to those with strong backgrounds in cell biology and related fields, we also welcome students from complementary fields such as physics, engineering, computer sciences, and math. Breakthroughs often come from novel perspectives and interdisciplinary research.