Investing in Discovery
An Overview of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences
Division of Cell Biology and Biophysics
This division supports studies of the structure and function of cells and the molecules within them. Such investigations help scientists understand cellular activity in health and disease.
This division focuses on questions like:
- How do cells move, divide, communicate and sense changes in their environment?
- How are cell membranes made and maintained?
- How do viruses infect cells, develop and replicate inside them, and exit to infect other cells?
- What kinds of tools can researchers develop to visualize individual molecules and analyze biological processes in living cells?
- How can scientists use their knowledge of protein structures to develop drugs for diseases like AIDS?
The division is also responsible for directing the Protein Structure Initiative, which examines the shapes that proteins and other molecules take in order to function.
More information about this division is available at http://www.nigms.nih.gov/about/overview/cbb.htm.