Cell Biology is a research division of the Biology Department of the Faculty of Science at Utrecht University. The division includes several research groups and is led by Prof. Dr. Casper Hoogenraad and Prof. Dr. Anna Akhmanova. Our goal is to gain insight into basic cellular processes and in this way to provide mechanistic basis for devising therapies for cancer, metabolic and neurological diseases.
We are interested in the mechanisms underlying cytoskeletal dynamics, membrane transport and signaling pathways that underlie cell proliferation and differentiation, neuronal development and synaptic plasticity. We investigate cellular processes at a broad range of levels, from single molecules and protein networks to cells, tissues, and whole organisms.
The main research topics within the division are cellular dynamics, cell biology of plant development, biophysics, cell biology of the neuron, neurodevelopment, neurophysiology, molecular oncology and antibody technology.
Grant and Award News:
Mitochondrial Trafficking to Axons and Dendrites
Structural basis of tubulin tyrosination by TTL
BICD2 brings dynein and dynactin together
DNERR in paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration
Proteome-wide search reveals multiple new +TIPs
Stem cells for cancer treatment
Together with the Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology (UMC Utrecht) we are organizing a course on 'Neuronal Circuit Development and Plasticity' from 5-10 August 2013. The lecture will be given in the David de Wied lecture room, 4th floor Stratenum, UMC Utrecht. Download the poster (link to pdf below).
For registration and more information about the course, please see the Summerschool Utrecht website (http://www.utrechtsummerschool.nl/index.php?type=courses&code=M21).
The day-to-day program can be found at
We are looking for talented and motivated PhD and postdoctoral candidates who are interested in cytoskeletal dynamics, intracellular transport, cellular biophysics, molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity, antibody technologies and their therapeutic applications.