Cell and Regulatory Biology (CRB) is an interdisciplinary graduate program that focuses on understanding the fundamental basis of human disease.
Research within CRB is directed at understanding how signals are propagated in individual cells, tissues, and organisms to control normal and pathophysiological processes. This knowledge can then used as a foundation to devise novel therapeutic strategies for these maladies. Scientific approaches range from the study of atomic organization within individual molecules to the behavior of the whole organism. Interests among CRB faculty are diverse and include neurobiology, cardiac and skeletal muscle biology, kidney and GI biology, and cancer. As such, training within CRB provides students with exposure to a wide range of topics and scientific disciplines that uniquely prepares them for careers in research and beyond.
The CRB program is centered in the Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology within the UT Houston McGovern Medical School. However, it also includes faculty from other departments within the McGovern Medical School, the Institute for Molecular Medicine, and the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Our faculty are committed to graduate education and pride themselves on maintaining a highly collegial and interactive environment. In addition to carrying out their dissertation research, students within the CRB program take part in formal coursework, seminars, journal clubs, discussion groups and an annual retreat to provide a comprehensive training environment. Students have many opportunities to improve their written and oral communication skills in seminar courses and research presentations. Collectively these activities provide superior training for our students that is reflected in the number of honors and awards that they receive. This also provides a stimulating and innovative learning environment that is unique to the GSBS.
Today, more than ever, scientific research requires a multidisciplinary approach. Our faculty place a high priority on training graduate students in both the classroom and laboratory for the ever-changing reality of modern science. Take a few minutes to explore these pages and you will sense the excitement and enthusiasm we have for the opportunities provided by the Cell and Regulatory Biology Program.
Innovative model systems and collaborative approaches
CRB faculty utilize a wide range of animal and cell-based systems for their research. Common animal model systems include yeast, fruit fly, zebrafish, mice, and rats, as well as less common models such as snails and squid. Cell-based approaches often leverage the state-of-the-art Center for Advanced Microscopy within the Department of Integrative Biology, which is the best microscopy center of its kind on campus. CRB faculty are very interactive and often work together to achieve unique solutions to research questions. Moreover, faculty and students within CRB enjoy networking opportunities through participation in research groups throughout the Texas Medical Center.
Dr. Jeff Frost
CRB Program Director