Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy

Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy is one of the Medical College of Wisconsin's six research-intensive basic science Departments and at the same time retains its historical and essential role in medical education via the first year “Clinical Human Anatomy”, “Neuroscience” and “Molecules to Cells” courses and through its interdisciplinary teaching the 2nd year of the Discovery Curriculum. Research areas in CBNA are focused in basic cell biology, developmental biology and neurobiology and currently include development of the heart, gastrointestinal system, retina and brain as well as the biology of muscle atrophy and plasticity. The Department’s major efforts in cellular neurobiology of peripheral nociceptors, the regulation of energy metabolism, cellular trafficking in retinal photoreceptors and the mechanisms of learning and memory have made it a major strength in MCW’s research strategy to develop a Neuroscience Center.

Welcome Dr. Jonathan S. Marchant, Chair of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy

Jonathan S. Marchant, MA, PhDWe are pleased to welcome Jonathan S. Marchant, MA, PhD, as Chair of the Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy and the Marcus Professor of Human and Molecular Genetics, effective September 1, 2017.

Dr. Marchant received his PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Cambridge in England in 1996, following which he was a Wellcome Trust Training Fellow in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Cambridge from 1996 to 1998, and a Wellcome Trust International Training Fellow in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at the University of California-Irvine from 1998-2001. LEARN MORE

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The study of health and disease in the central and peripheral nervous system carries almost unlimited promise for understanding medical advancement.

Among other areas, students study vision, perception and cognition.

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Research Interests

  • Cell Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Biology
  • Stem Cell & Development
  • Vision Science
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Cell Biology Seminar "MORFing the Brain" March 8

03-08-201812:00 PM

Matthew Veldman, PhD, Post-doctoral Scientist, Gonda Center for Neuroscience and Genetics, University of California, Los Angeles, presents: “MORFing the Brain, a Novel Genetic Method for Sparse and Stochastic Neuronal Labeling for Morphological Reconstruction.” Host: Jonathan Marchant, PhD.



Cell Biology Seminar March 14

03-14-20189:45 AM

Raul A. Urrutia, MD, Director, Human and Molecular Genetics Center; Professor, Department of Surgery; Medical College of Wisconsin, presents: "Genomic sciences and precision medicine center.". Host: Jonathan Marchant, MA, PhD.

Postdoctoral Research Opportunity

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  Transcriptional Regulation of GI Development and Function

A postdoctoral research position is available in the Battle laboratory for a highly motivated, ambitious candidate interested in contributing to research to understand mechanisms of transcriptional regulation of gastrointestinal development, function, and disease. Projects in the lab focus on how transcription factors establish boundaries in the GI tract, how transcription factors regulate early aspects of GI development, and how these mechanisms relate to diseases such as short bowel syndrome, Barrett’s esophagus, and esophageal adenocarcinoma. The successful applicant will have experience in cell, developmental, and/or molecular biology. Experience with techniques including Southern blotting, qRT-PCR, Affymetrix gene arrays, RNA-Seq, ChIP-Seq, histology, immunohistochemistry, and immunofluorescence would be beneficial. Experience with animal handling is also desired. Applicants with experience in stem cell biology are also encouraged to apply as we are expanding our research program to stem cell based approaches to study GI development and disease. Excellent communication skills are essential. Interested individuals should email, mail, or fax a CV, description of research ideas and interests, career goals, and the names of three references to:

Michele A. Battle, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology, and Anatomy
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53226

(414) 955-8089 | (414) 955-6517 (fax) |

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Department of Cell Biology,
Neurobiology & Anatomy
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509

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