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Anatomy and Cell Biology

The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology is one of the basic science departments at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Our goals are to

  1. develop and sustain prominent research programs in cell and developmental biology;
  2. provide an outstanding training environment for graduate students and postdoctoral scientists; and
  3. deliver a superb educational experience for medical students.

As a measure of our success, our research laboratories are funded by numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and other agencies; many of our trainees go on to positions at prestigious educational or commercial institutions; and our department has been recognized by first year medical students as among the best basic science departments for instruction.

Individual research projects of the Anatomy and Cell Biology faculty are largely complementary and center on cell and developmental biology problems of fundamental importance. Experimental systems make extensive use of cell and tissue culture, as well as established and new animal models including hydra, sea urchin, the frog and chick, zebrafish, and transgenic mice.

Last modified: May 10, 2021
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Chancellor Douglas A. Girod has approved the promotion and award of tenure, where indicated, for 89 individuals at the KU Medical Center campuses and 80 individuals at the University of Kansas Lawrence and Edwards campuses.

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Except where indicated, promotion and tenure are effective at the start of the fall semester.

To education associate professor (educator track, nontenure track)
Lisa Harlan-Williams, anatomy & cell biology, Kansas City

To professor, previously tenured
Julie Carlsten Christianson, anatomy & cell biology, Kansas City

To professor (affiliate track)
Congrong "Ron" Yu, anatomy & cell biology, Kansas City


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Dale R. Abrahamson, Ph.D.

Graduate Studies Director:
Julie Christianson, Ph.D.

Director of
Medical Education:

George C. Enders, Ph.D.

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