The Center's research
mission is to investigate cellular signaling or cellular
signal transduction. This is the process by which cells recognize
external events and respond to the events with appropriate changes
within the cell. An additional goal is to understand how abnormalities
in cellular signaling are associated with specific disease processes.
One of the major areas of strength on the Emory Campus is centered
around investigators interested in cellular regulation and the cellular
signal transduction pathways leading from the external surface of
cells to the cell interior and the nucleus. However, prior to the
advent of the Cell Center, this strength had never been explicitly
recognized. The Center represents an experiment in fostering multidisciplinary
research in which the Center gathers together individuals interested
in signal transduction regardless of their Departmental affiliations,
houses these investigators together in common space, and develops
common, shared equipment and research resources to promote strong
collaborative interaction between Center Investigators. In the process
of pursuing these research goals, the Center Director, Investigators,
and staff have:
- acted as a focal point for dissemination of
knowledge and expertise associated with cellular signaling through
in-house training and consultation, presentations on campus and
at national and international conferences. The Center has been
active in research outreach. Center facilities and expertise have
been made available to research scientists throughout the Health
Sciences Center who have research projects requiring the special
knowledge or equipment located in the Center.
- promoted collaborative research interactions
with the goal of establishing research groups which can compete
for programmatic grants or which could attract other sorts of
external funding (the Center is responsible for obtaining one
such program project grant with another in the planning phase).
- promoted training of post-doctoral fellows
(both Ph.D.s and M.D.s) and graduate students. (The Director of
the Center is Co-Program Director of a post-doctoral training
program in renal disease).
- promoted strong interactions between basic
science and clinical science investigators and promoted translation
of knowledge into clinical practice when appropriate.
In the future we also hope to translate our research
into commercial products and seek University/industrial partnerships