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In the latter part of the twentieth century, molecular biology created a scientific revolution with lasting impact upon the health sciences, particularly with regard to evidence-based medicine. Because extracellular cues, signaling pathways and resultant molecular changes are context-dependent, with divergent consequences associated with distinct tissue and cell types, it’s more important than ever to study molecular biology within a structural framework in order to translate molecular potential to improving population health. That is the goal of the research being done in this department.
Faculty research in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology is focused on three areas: neuroscience, renal biology and musculoskeletal biology.
Research Support Services
The Histology Core at IU School of Medicine provides histological services for basic science (non-clinical) research. Both mineralized (plastic embedded) and soft tissue (paraffin embedded) specimens can be prepared by core staff.
Micro Computed Tomography Core
The Micro Computed Tomography Core is available to scan biological tissues–both skeletal and non-soft–at high resolution. Investigators can use self-service or full-service scanning. Rates are discounted for members of the Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health, but the core’s equipment can be used by non-members, too.