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 Sept. 6

09-06-20179:45 AM

Xuelin Lou, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison, presents: “Vesicle trafficking and its implication in human diseases.”

Host: Jonathan Marchant, PhD

Cell Biology Seminar Sept. 13 "Fine-tuning GPCRs toward Biased Signaling"

09-13-20179:45 AM

John McCorvy, PhD, Research Associate, Department of Pharmacology, University of North Carolina Medical School, presents: "Fine-tuning GPCRs toward biased signaling: Implications for novel therapeutic strategies."

Host: Jonathan Marchant, PhD

Cell Biology Seminar Sept. 20 "The Hippo Signal Transduction Network in Skeletal Muscle"

09-20-20179:45 AM

Prof. Dr. Henning Wackerhage, Associate Professor, Exercise Biology, Technical University of Munich, Faculty for Sport and Health Sciences, presents a seminar.

Host: Brian Link, PhD

Cell Biology Seminar Sept 27 “A Novel Role for GATA4 in the GI Tract:

09-27-20179:45 AM

Michele A. Battle, PhD, Associate Professor, Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy, Medical College of Wisconsin, presents: "A Novel Role for GATA4 in the GI Tract: Implications for Barrett's Esophagus."

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