Department of Cell & Molecular Medicine

Anatomy Cell Biology Faculty

Meet our department’s dedicated faculty and staff.

Anatomy Cell Biology Research

Learn more about our department’s research.

Anatomy Cell Biology Education

Learn more about educational training in the biomedical sciences.

Human Anatomy Lab

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Anatomy Cell Biology Seminars

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The Department of Cell & Molecular Medicine is committed to fulfilling our threefold mission of education, research, and service through innovation, collaboration and teaching excellence.

We have a strong devotion to educating the physicians, researchers and health professionals of tomorrow. Our faculty are responsible for overseeing and delivering curricula in the anatomical sciences, which includes gross anatomy, histology, embryology and neuroscience. The human anatomy laboratory is a hallmark of the department that offers hands-on experiential learning ― a timeless mode of instruction fundamental to the training of the health professions.

Our award-winning faculty conduct basic biomedical research primarily in the areas of bone and cartilage biology, regenerative medicine, orthopedics, bone cancer, biomechanics and osteoarthritis. Our laboratories support a variety of projects ranging in scope from cell and tissue culture work to experimental surgery and studies on biomechanics and gait. Interdisciplinary research is an integral component of the institutional culture as evidenced by close ties between our department and faculty in orthopedics, biochemistry and rheumatology.

We also participates in a variety of institutional and community service projects, including promoting science education throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.

James Williams, PhD
Faculty Accomplishments
James Williams, PhD, professor, recently received a PA Program Academic Teaching Excellence Award in 2017.
Jeffrey A. Borgia, PhD
Faculty News

With help from a new NIH grant, Jeffrey A. Borgia, PhD is trying to develop a blood test that can detect lung cancer in its early, more treatable stage.

James Williams, PhD
Faculty News
James Williams, PhD serves as master of ceremonies (again) for Rushapalooza, a celebration of performance art in the Rush community (held on Nov 1, 2017).
Christopher Ferrigno, PhD, MPT
Faculty News
This research team (Christopher Ferrigno, PhD, MPT, Markus Wimmer, PhD and Najia Shakoor, MD) at Rush University Medical Center is studying whether a pressure-detecting shoe insole linked to a smartphone can help people with knee arthritis learn to walk in a way that preserves their joints.
D. Rick Sumner, PhD
Faculty Accomplishments
Staff Accomplishments
Anthony Serici, manager of the Human Anatomy Laboratory, was being selected by the Rush Chapters of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) to receive the Leonidas H. Berry Faculty Award – one of the Rush University Faculty Diversity and Multicultural Leadership Awards, as someone who actively promotes inclusive excellence at Rush. Serici has been recognized for his contributions to enhancing the environment of Rush University through his sustained commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion for our community and beyond.
Joan A. O’Keefe, PhD
Faculty News
Joanne O’Keefe, PhD, PT, is collaborating with Elizabeth Berry-Kravis, MD, PhD, in HP-ß-CD clinical trials in NPC by tracking motor function in children and young adults utilizing sensitive measures of gait, balance, functional mobility and fine motor coordination.  She is featured in this People Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN) video on “The Andrews Family” performing some of the gait testing measures in two girls with NPC.

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