Faculty members of our Department are actively engaged in delivering an outstanding education to undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, medical students, and residents. Our PhD students matriculate through the Biomedical Science Graduate Program at the Quillen College of Medicine. We are a truly multi-disciplinary department without walls, functioning, as it were, like a Center. Our 36 faculty members are trained in highly complementary medical disciplines, including anatomy, cell biology, genetics/genomics, biochemistry, microbiology, neuroscience, pharmacology and physiology. We are excited to welcome five additional new Faculty members in the 2015-16 academic year, the result of a recent major recruitment drive. Our research applies methodological approaches that span molecular biology, cellular biology, systems biology, and human biology and pathology, much of it in newly renovated space. Through research, we strive to understand disease mechanisms and use this understanding to develop new therapeutic approaches to treat human diseases. The primary foci of departmental research efforts are cardiovascular, infectious, and neurological/psychiatric diseases, although other areas of interest and activity exist. Our laboratories are funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, American Heart Association, Autism Speaks, and a variety of other agencies and sources. Please visit our investigators' web pages for more information regarding our research programs.