Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History

Sauer, Anne

Branco, Jessica

Bennett, John

Crowley, Zachary


Department of Anatomy and Cellular Biology, 1893


Classic anatomy with dissection and histology has been taught at the medical school since 1893. Since that time the department has maintained a reputation for having a strong teaching program.

The department offers courses in gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, histology, and cellular biology and includes nineteen faculty members, thirteen of whom teach both medical and dental students. Over the years, members of the department have been the recipients of a number of basic science teaching awards presented by graduating students.

Until 1964 research in this department was very modest and focused mainly on anatomical descriptions and variations. However, under the leadership of Dr. Lauro Cavazos, who became professor and chairman that year, the department's direction changed markedly. For one thing, it began to incorporate the teaching of cellular biology and was renamed to that effect. In addition, Dr. Cavazos saw to it that a significant research enterprise was developed and modern laboratories were constructed.

The great majority of the department's research focuses on the cellular phenomena of reproduction, embryonic development, and vascular and skin healing. Investigators possess expertise in the techniques of molecular and cellular biology, protein and polysaccharide biochemistry, immunology, transgenic manipulation, and computer-based imaging.

In 1992 the department's total research budget amounted to more than $4.6 million (compared to $245,000 in 1978). Overall, faculty have been quite successful in obtaining research support: the department currently ranks in the nation's top ten anatomy departments in terms of NIH funding. One member of the faculty, Dr. Thomas E Linsenmayer, has been presented with the National Institute of Eye Research's prestigious MERIT Award. In recent years the department has received a program project award to study the molecular and cellular aspects of early limb development as well as a Center Grant in Reproductive Biology. The graduate program in anatomy has also been successful and has attracted increasing numbers of students.

Source: COE, 125-26.

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Dame, Lorin Low, 1838-1903
Dana, Charles A., 1881-1975
Dana Laboratory, 1963
Daniel Ounjian Prize in Economics,
Davies, Caroline Stodder, 1864-1939
Davies House, 1894
De Florez Prize in Human Engineering, 1964
de Pacheco, Kaye MacKinnon, ca. 1910-ca. 1985
Dean Hall, 1887-1963
Dean, Oliver, 1783-1871
Dearborn, Heman Allen, 1831-1897
Department of Anatomy and Cellular Biology, 1893
Department of Anesthesia, 1970
Department of Art and Art History, 1930
Department of Biochemistry, 1893
Department of Chemistry, 1882
Department of Community Health, 1930
Department of Dermatology, 1897
The Department of Economics, 1946
Department of Medicine, 1893
Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Department of Neurology, 1893
Department of Neuroscience, 1983
Department of Neurosurgery, 1951
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1893
Department of Ophthamology, 1893
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, 1906
Department of Otolaryngology, 1895
Department of Pathology, 1893
Department of Pediatrics, 1930
Department of Pharmacology, 1915
Department of Physics and Astronomy, 1854
Department of Physiology, 1893
Department of Psychiatry, 1928
Department of Radiation Oncology, 1968
Department of Radiology, 1915
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, 1955
Department of Surgery, 1893
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy, 1973
Department of Urology, 1910
Dental Health Sciences Building, 1969
Dewick, Cora Alma (Polk), 1875-1977
Dewick/MacPhie Dining Hall, 1959
Dickson Professorship of English and American History, 1913
Dirlam, Arland A., 1905-1979
Dog Cart, 1900
Dolbear, Amos Emerson, 1837-1910
Donald A. Cowdery Memorial Scholarship, 1946
Dr. Benjamin Andrews Professorship of Surgery, 1987
Dr. Philip E. A. Sheridan Prize, 1977
The Drug Bust, 1970
Dudley, Henry Watson, 1831-1906
Dugger, Edward Jr., 1919-75
Durkee, Frank W., 1861-1939
Durkee, Henrietta Noble Brown, 1871-1946
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