Cell Biology

Cell biology is the study of the formation, structure, function, communication and death of a cell. Studying processes that occur within a cell, such as replication, energy conversion, molecular transport, and intra- and intercellular signaling, is vital to understanding many disease states.

Cellular Processes and Disease

Cellular processes form a fundamental system that involves complicated cascades of biochemical reactions and signaling pathways. In order for proper cell function, these processes are required to be tightly controlled. Dysregulation of any element of these pathways, from over- or underactivity of an enzyme, increase or decrease in the level of a protein, to under- or overexpression of an ion channel, can lead to a vast array of human pathologies. These include cancer, metabolic diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, cardiovascular disease and neurodegenerative conditions.