The department Established by Dr. Yang Jie in 2011 is a fast-growing subject of the School of Basic Medical Sciences at Tianjin Medical University. The Department of Cell Biology is committed to teach students modern understanding of life at cellular level, promote laboratory research and translational investigation, and train high quality biomedical scientists.
Currently, there are three full time professors, four instructors, two research assistants, and two adjunct professors. Our researches go as follows:
Wang Xi, MD, PhD. received his education and training from Peking University, The Pennsylvania State University, and Harvard University and is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Cell Biology. His research interest focuses on epigenetic regulation in development and tumorigenesis.
Yin Haifang, PhD. received her education and training from Chinese Agriculture University and Oxford University. She is currently Professor of the Department of Cell Biology. Her research interest focuses on gene therapy in genetic diseases such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Wu Xudong, MD, PhD. received his education and training from Wuhan Tongji Medical University, Peking Union Medical College, and University of Copenhagen and is currently Professor of the Department of Cell Biology. His research interest focuses on polycomb-mediated H2A ubiquitylation and deubiquitylation in cell fate decisions.
In the teaching aspect we are planning to offer a few different programs to the undergraduate, postgraduate and even international students this year. We will provide compulsory and optional courses. In the compulsory classes students will learn the knowledge of cell biology. And in the optional classes we emphasize individual training of academic ability. We will also help the students to develop the practical skills during the practical classes.
Now our research focuses on two directions: epigenetics in immune cells development and tumorigenesis. We are committed to study the mechanism of epigenetic regulation extending from related proteins interactions to organelle formation and function, from growth factor and immunological signaling events to complex developmental processes, and from animal models to disease mechanisms. Cancer Cell Biology and Epigenetics include a diverse range of research interests with a common theme - understanding the mechanisms of underlying unique properties of cancer cells. This includes not only just the aberrant proliferation, motility and metabolic adaption of cancer cells, but also their interactions with each other and with their environment. The research can then progress to elucidate how perturbations of these functions lead to diseases including cancer. The ultimate aim is to exploit this information for the development of new treatments.
In the future we will try our best to build our department better and better. Our goal is to become "211" key disciplines, Tianjin Key Laboratory during the Twelfth Five-Year Plan. We believe we will become one of the fantastic teams in the world.