Message from the Chair

Hello and welcome to the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology (ACB) at the University of Florida in Gainesville. I hope you’ll find this web site to be a useful window through which you can glimpse the life of the department and learn about our research, teaching, graduate programs, as well as other activities. Although our faculty’s research represents traditional and interdisciplinary fields of cell biology, the department’s growth into the areas of stem cell biology, developmental biology, aging, and cancer benefits from new genome-wide approaches, powerful new computer and microscope tools, and the cross-fertilization of discoveries in cell biology and other scientific disciplines. The intellectual life of the department is being increasingly enriched as our faculty actively participate in the development of new interdisciplinary centers, such as the University of Florida Shands Cancer Center, the McKnight Brain Institute, the University of Florida Genetics Institute, and the University of Florida Institute on Aging. We are a collegial community of researchers and educators dedicated to providing a rich educational environment for our undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows, while maintaining our research at the highest levels of excellence.

The scientific questions explored in the department span a wide range of diverse topics, including cell signaling, control of gene expression, cellular transformation, and stem cell biology. The individual laboratories within the department benefit greatly from close interactions and collaborations with colleagues working nearby on related questions. This enables a cross discipline approach, which is coupled to an atmosphere rich in enthusiasm and passion for scientific discovery. This makes ACB an exciting place to conduct research while exploring the many unsolved questions in biology.

The department’s commitment to train and educate the next generation of students and postdoctoral scientists, to meet the challenges of leadership roles in all areas of the life sciences, is reflected in the dynamic and up-to-date curriculum and research opportunities. This web site will guide you to information about our faculty, curriculum, as well as to our highly interdisciplinary graduate training program in Molecular Cell Biology and Cancer Biology.

Thanks for visiting,

Yehia Daaka, Ph.D.
Haskell Hess Professor and Chair