Research

Stem Cell and Cell Biology

Background

In 2001, the research-active faculty of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, including a number of faculty members from the American Red Cross Holland Laboratory, decided to enhance their common research interests in stem/progenitor cell biology, especially as it applies to regenerative medicine, by forming the Stem and Progenitor Cell Research Interest Group. This group engaged in a number of group activities designed to increase fundamental knowledge about stem cell research, distributed information about stem cell research funding opportunities and enhanced laboratory interactions in this area at GW. A website was created that described the research activities of the individual laboratories of this group, brochures containing the same information were distributed to prospective graduate students and applicants for faculty positions. The group sponsored Open House Research Presentations on stem/progenitor cell biology and regenerative medicine for the incoming graduate students in 2002, and Drs. Sally Moody and Robert Hawley organized a Faculty Research Symposium entitled, "Human Stem Cells – Where are we in the Ethical and Political Debate and Where are we in the Science and Application" for the 8th Annual GW SMHS Research Day held on April 25, 2003.

Current multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research efforts integrate and cut across the fields of stem cell and cell biology, neuroscience and cancer. See faculty members' profiles for individual research programs.

 

Graduate Education in Stem Cell and Cell Biology (2004-present)

Two courses for Ph.D. and M.S. level graduate students have been created: (1) In Spring 2004, a module on stem cell biology and tissue repair was added to the then IBS core curriculum course BMSC 213 (Molecular Medicine I); this four week course was directed initially by Dr. Moody and then by Dr. Hawley. Several of the Department faculty lectured in this module (Drs. Anne Chiaramello, Robert Hawley, Sally Moody, Mary Ann Stepp). This module was deleted from BMSC 213 in 2005 with the restructuring of the IBS Ph.D. Programs. However, effective Spring 2007, Dr. Hawley became the course director of BMSC 212 (Cell Biology), and reinstated much of the material in this seven week IBS core curriculum course. In Fall 2010, a new eight week IBS core curriculum course was created containing this material, BMSC 8212 (Developmental Cell Biology and Systems Physiology), which is directed by Dr. Hawley and Dr. Narine Sarvazyan (Department of Pharmacology and Physiology). (2) In Fall 2015, the Department launched a new Master of Science Program in Anatomical and Translational Sciences (M-ATS); ANAT 6182 (Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Systems Physiology) is a required course offered in the Fall semester to second year M-ATS students, which is directed by Drs. Hawley and Sarvazyan.

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