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. 

He has been a faculty member at the University of Minnesota Medical School since 2002 and most recently served as a tenured professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Stem Cell Institute there.  At the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Pharmacology, Dr. Marchant held the positions of assistant professor, associate professor, director of graduate studies in pharmacology, interim head and vice head. He also has been a faculty member of the University’s Stem Cell Institute since 2008, where he serves on the executive leadership team and as Program Director of the T32 Graduate Training Program in Stem Cell Biology.

Dr. Marchant received training in leading laboratories that provided him with biochemical, molecular and imaging skill sets to probe the functional architecture of cell signaling events. As an independent principal investigator at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Marchant’s interests diversified to utilize these skill sets to advance a variety of projects in cellular and regenerative biology. He has been the recipient of more than a dozen grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), as well as numerous research awards and seed grants from the University of Minnesota.

He has been significantly involved in undergraduate, medical, graduate and postdoctoral education.  He has mentored over 30 PhD, MS, Undergrad students and Postdoctoral Fellows. Dr. Marchant has also served on over 20 thesis committees in the past decade. 

Dr. Marchant has published more than 80 articles, original papers, book chapters and reviews, and presented at nearly 20 local, regional, national and international lectures and workshops during the past five years. He has served as a panelist on numerous NSF and NIH Study Sections and as an ad hoc reviewer for national and international journals and granting bodies.

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Cell Biology Seminar "Targeting Epigenetic Regulators in Acute Myeloid Leukemia" Jan. 3

01-03-20189:45 AM

Nan Zhu, PhD,  Associate Investigator, Blood Research Institute; Assistant Professor, Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy, Medical College of Wisconsin, presents: “Targeting Epigenetic Regulators in Acute Myeloid Leukemia." Host: Brian Link, PhD.

Cell Biology Seminar "Exploiting Natural Variation to Understand Heart Regeneration" Jan. 10

01-10-20189:45 AM

Michaela Patterson, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC presents: "Exploiting natural variation to understand mechanisms of adult mammalian heart regeneration." Host: Jonathan Marchant, MA, PhD.

Cell Biology Seminar "Establishment of human colonic organoids from pluripotent stem cells" Jan 24

01-24-20189:45 AM

Jorge Munera, Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Developmental Biology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, presents: "Establishment of human colonic organoids from pluripotent stem cells to study development and disease." Host: Jonathan Marchant, MA, PhD

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  Postdoctoral Fellow Position to Study Pain in Sickle Cell Disease

March 1, 2016

Cheryl Stucky, PhDThe Stucky Lab is looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral research fellow to drive studies of the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie pain in sickle cell disease.

Pain is a devastating hallmark of sickle cell disease and an area of great unmet clinical need. Underlying causes of the pain are unknown. Our focus is highly translational as we are doing in vitro and in vivo experiments in animal models of sickle cell disease and in parallel, working with patients with sickle cell disease. Our lab has strong expertise in electrophysiological, cellular and behavioral neuroscience approaches. Therefore, the candidate would receive expert training in the unique functional techniques we are known for including teased fiber “skin nerve” electrophysiology and patch clamp electrophysiology. In turn, we are seeking candidates with strong scientific expertise in complimentary areas including the immune system, molecular biology, hematology or neurobiology. The candidate will also have the opportunity to develop an independent research track stemming from the sickle cell pain project. Additional qualifications are excellent interpersonal and writing skills. The position is currently funded by NIH through 4/2019.

Please submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae with contact information for references to Dr. Cheryl Stucky, Medical College of Wisconsin at

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Cheryl L. Stucky, PhD
Medical College of Wisconsin
Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 955-8373
(414) 955-6517 (fax)

  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
Medical College of Wisconsin
Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology, and Anatomy
8701 Watertown Plank Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53226

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

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Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509

(414) 955-8261
(414) 955-6517 (fax)

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