Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology!

The Department is comprised of faculty, administrative staff, research personnel, and graduate students involved in research, education, and service activities that support the School of Medicine and University. Many faculty share joint appointments with clinical departments, with the majority in the Department of Ophthalmology, our research partner.   

Research encompasses major areas of Neurosciences, including the brain, spinal cord, and retina and employ cellular and molecular approaches to the understanding of human disease mechanisms. Faculty conduct research in well-equipped, state-of-the-art laboratories located primarily on the School of Medicine campus. Current departmental funding is approximately $5 million (direct costs) annually. The Department is also proud to be the home of the first Wayne State University professor elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Educational activities of the department are multiple and occur primarily at the School of Medicine with instruction in anatomy to medical students occupying the largest single disciplinary block of time (56%) during their first year. The Department also offers a Ph.D. degree in Anatomy & Cell Biology as part of broader Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences (IBS) curriculum and is in the process of developing a Masters program. There is also a concentration track in Vision Sciences within this program that emphasizes molecular research in cornea, lens, and retina.

Please feel free to navigate through our website to learn more about our department. If you have a particular interest in any of our faculty, you may contact them directly. We hope to hear from you soon! 

Linda D. Hazlett, Ph.D.
Interim Vice Dean Research and Graduate Programs
Distinguished Professor and Chair
Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology