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Division of Cell Biology and Biophysics

Molecular structure of a RNA Polymerase II. Courtesy of David Bushnell, Ken Westover and Roger Kornberg, Stanford University.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?
  • How does an understanding of the detailed structures of molecules shed light on their functions in health and disease?
  • How can scientists use their knowledge of protein structures to develop drugs for AIDS, antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections and other diseases?

More information about this division is available at http://www.nigms.nih.gov/cbb.

This page last reviewed on September 10, 2014