Photo of Golgi outposts illuminated in the dendrites of a sensory neuron illustrate the polarized distribution of the secretory system in neurons

Golgi outposts illuminated in the dendrites of a sensory neuron illustrate the polarized distribution of the secretory system in neurons. (Mike Kelliher)

Cell Adhesion and Cytoskeleton

The cell is the fundamental unit of life, making it essential to understand how cells divide, function, and signal. Disruption of these primary cellular processes has been associated with tumor development as well as aberrant cell and tissue function in human disease. Cell Adhesion & Cytoskeleton focus group members investigate topics ranging from cell division to cytoskeletons to signaling to migration. Our members leverage a variety of cutting-edge cross-disciplinary approaches that combine cell biology with innovative biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and microscopy techniques. The integration of these sophisticated approaches enables multiscale insight into how cells work. In their research, members use cells in culture and model organisms, including zebrafish, mice, and fruit flies. Madison has a rich tradition of collaborative research. Reflecting this, there are several campus-wide group meetings that bring together Cell Adhesion & Cytoskeleton members and other researchers interested in cell biology. These include the weekly Cell Biology Study Group (CBSG) and the Cell Division meeting.

Headshot of Wilmara Salgado-Pabon

Focus Group Chair Wilmara Salgado-Pabon
Pathobiological Sciences Department
S. aureus enterotoxin targeting of vascular endothelium
wsalgado@wisc.edu

Focus Group Members

Richard Anderson

Credentials: Medical School Dean's Office

Position title: Molecular and cellular signaling and cancer

Email: raanders@wisc.edu

William Bement

Credentials: Laboratory of Cell and Molecular Biology & Integrative Biology Department

Position title: Signal transduction, cell division, and cytoskeleton

Email: wmbement@facstaff.wisc.edu

Seth Blair

Credentials: Integrative Biology Department

Position title: Development and signaling in Drosophila

Email: ssblair@facstaff.wisc.edu

Mark Burkard

Credentials: Medicine Department

Position title: Mitotic kinase function and cancer

Email: mburkard@wisc.edu

Michael Cahill

Credentials: Comparative Biosciences Department

Position title: Molecular and biochemical mechanisms of synapse morphogenesis

Email: michael.cahill@wisc.edu

Scott Coyle

Credentials: Biochemistry Department

Position title: Understanding and engineering cell behavior.

Email: smcoyle@wisc.edu

Erik Dent

Credentials: Neuroscience Department

Position title: Regulation of the cytoskeleton in neuronal differentiation

Email: ewdent@wisc.edu

Timothy Gomez

Credentials: Neuroscience Department

Position title: Regulation of axon guidance

Email: tmgomez@facstaff.wisc.edu

Jeffrey Hardin

Credentials: Integrative Biology Department

Position title: Morphogenesis and pattern formation during early development

Email: jdhardin@wisc.edu

Troy Hornberger

Credentials: Comparative Biosciences Department

Position title: Mechanotransduction and the regulation of skeletal muscle mass

Email: troy.hornberger@wisc.edu

Anna Huttenlocher

Credentials: Pediatrics Department

Position title: Cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate cell migration and chemotaxis in cancer and inflammation

Email: huttenlocher@wisc.edu

Darcie Moore

Credentials: Neuroscience Department

Position title: Neural stem cells and aging

Email: darcie.moore@wisc.edu

Donna Peters

Credentials: Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Department

Position title: Role of extracellular matrix and integrin signaling in human eye

Email: dmpeter2@wisc.edu

Nader Sheibani

Credentials: Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Department

Position title: Cell adhesion and signaling in vascular cells

Email: nsheibanikar@wisc.edu

Aussie Suzuki

Credentials: Oncology Department

Position title: Cell Division, Mitosis, Kinetochore, Tension, Chromosomal Instability

Email: aussie.suzuki@wisc.edu

Owen Tamplin

Credentials: Cell & Regenerative Biology Department

Position title: The hematopoietic stem cell niche

Email: tamplin@wisc.edu

Elizabeth Wright

Credentials: Biochemistry Department

Position title: Cryo-electron microscopy of biological macromolecular machines

Email: erwright2@wisc.edu