Welcome to the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Kathryn J. Jones, PhD, Professor and Chair.
As one of the founding IUSM Basic Science departments, the Anatomy and Cell Biology has a longstanding and diverse history of anatomical science education and research dating back 100 years. Today, modern anatomy as a scientific discipline encompasses cell and molecular biology, neuroscience, developmental biology, evolution, vertebrate paleontology and anthropology, and leads the way in imaging technology and imaging-based research. The specific research interests of the Anatomy and Cell Biology faculty in neuroscience, musculoskeletal biology and renal biology incorporate the broad scope of anatomical sciences research in their focus.
In the latter part of the 20th century, molecular biology created a scientific revolution with lasting impact upon the health sciences – particularly with regard to evidence-based medicine. Extracellular cues, signaling pathways, and resultant molecular changes are context-dependent, however, with divergent consequences associated with distinct tissue and cell types – all of which makes understanding molecular biology within a structural framework ever more important in translation of that molecular potential to improving health and well being. That is the goal of the cell biological and neuroscience research being done in our department. Our PhD students matriculate into departmental research laboratories through the Integrated Biomedical Gateway Program which has a shared first-year experience that reflects the interdisciplinary nature of modern biological research.
In addition to the specific research interests of the Anatomy and Cell Biology faculty, we have an outstanding team of educators dedicated to effective, state-of-the art teaching in the anatomical sciences, and have developed a unique Ph.D. Program in Anatomical Sciences Education. Our faculty teaches medical, physical therapy, physician assistant, and dental students.