The DKUH Basic Cell Biology Program acts to foster scientific investigations aimed at understanding the fundamental cellular and molecular mechanisms operating under normal and diseased states. This program oversees a diverse array of scientific endeavors relevant to the mission of the NIDDK with primary emphasis on basic research in the bladder, prostate, urinary tract, kidney, and the lower reproductive system. Supported work includes studies in human cells as well as in mammalian and non-mammalian model organisms.
The Basic Cell Biology Program supports cellular and molecular research on numerous topics including, but not limited to, the following: cellular function during renal and urologic disease, urothelial biology, host-pathogen interactions in urinary tract infections, urologic markers of disease, urologic complications of diabetes, urinary smooth muscle function. neural signaling in the urologic system, prostate growth and development, prostate stem cells, cellular events influencing sexual health, polarized cellular trafficking, kidney receptor function/signaling, organelle biogenesis.
For further information, contact Dr. Chris Mullins, Program Director, Urology Basic Cell Biology; Dr. Deborah Hoshizaki, Program Director, Urogenital Development and Urology Regeneration and Repair; or Dr. Tracy Rankin, Program Director, Urology Molecular Endocrinology, Erectile Dysfunction, and Diabetic Uropathy.