Welcome from the Chair and Vice-Chair
Welcome to the Department of Cell and Neurobiology (CNB) at the Keck School of Medicine! The CNB department is one of the largest and most active basic science departments on the Health Sciences campus. We have 34 primary and 21 secondary faculty members who participate in an interdisciplinary research mission that spans two of the three major institutes – the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute and the Broad Institute for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research. Beyond a major effort in basic and translational research focused on understanding the causes and cures of diseases and disorders, CNB faculty members participate in major educational and training programs to develop the next generation of physicians and scientists. Department faculty direct and participate in preclinical courses for medical students that account for almost 40% of didactic teaching during the first 2 years of medical school. Advancing technologies applied to the teaching of the anatomical sciences is a particular focus of our faculty. CNB faculty members participate and take leadership roles in two University-wide PhD Programs: 1) Program in Biomedical and Biological Sciences (PIBBS) and 2) the Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP). The CNB Masters Program provides an up-to-date curriculum for students who wish to advance their knowledge in the anatomical sciences. Finally, CNB has more faculty that hold senior administrative positions than any other department in the School of Medicine – an illustration of the dedication of department faculty to help lead the Keck School of Medicine of USC to greater accomplishments in medicine and science. We are committed participants in the three key areas of emphasis that make the Keck School of Medicine such a wonderful experience for our students - next generation research, education and training.
Please take time to visit our department web site and the links to our School of Medicine research institutes and affiliates for additional information on research programs led by department faculty. Of course, we have an open door policy and would enjoy hearing from you regarding research, education and training opportunities.
Mikel Snow, PhD