The Cellular Biology and Anatomy Program (CBA) is for students interested in developmental biology, cellular biology, and disease mechanisms. The research spectrum in CBA ranges from polarity in model organisms to molecular mechanisms of protection, repair, and regeneration in many different diseases related to kidney, muscle, bone, aging, and vision. Through elective course options, students have the opportunity to gain a solid understanding of cellular and molecular biology, histology, and related technologies. In the lab, students learn to master advanced techniques and explore creative modern approaches to fundamental biomedical questions.

The mission of CBA is high-quality research training and education for all our graduate students. We collaborate across campus and worldwide to create basic and translational research initiatives to inspire our students to be the next generation of scientists and physician-scientists. For those interested in pursuing academic careers that combine research and teaching, students not only build upon their research experience in the lab but also are afforded opportunities for teaching medical students (e.g. serving as teaching assistants in histology, anatomy, and neuroanatomy/neuroscience classes). 

With a PhD in Cellular Biology and Anatomy from the Medical College of Georgia and The Graduate School at Augusta University, our graduates have gone on to faculty research and teaching positions at medical schools and careers in clinical science departments and health science professional schools. Other graduates have entered private, government, and industrial research laboratories and foundations.

Application & Admission Contacts

Patricia L. Cameron, PhD
Vice Dean, The Graduate School

Julie Cook
Assistant Director for Graduate School Admissions

(706) 721-9516

Program Director

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Yutao Liu

"Our CBA family welcomes new graduate students to our community. We provide them with effective & individualized mentoring, collegial guidance, and diverse research opportunities. We take great pride in their development and achievements. Join our family."

Program Contacts

Yutao Liu, PhD
Program Director
(706) 721-7658

Heather Hoffman 
Office Coordinator
(706) 721-3731

Student Ambassadors

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Theresa Akoto

"I chose CBA because of the great collaborative environment. I believe this will be very essential in my next steps after graduate school. Also, all the faculty here are always supportive and willing to help students overcome challenging situations."

- Theresa Akoto

Phylicia Allen

"Do not be afraid to ask questions! Some of the best conversations happen by asking a question no matter how simple it may be. I am always learning something new in different disciplines whether from our journal clubs or seminars. I am always starting conversations with my friends by saying 'Did you know?"

- Phylicia Allen

The Graduate School

The Graduate School at Augusta University facilitates ground-breaking research and ensures outstanding education. We create an environment that embraces and empowers the next generation of scholars and investigators, supports faculty and staff, and fosters meaningful relationships and collaborations among students across our programs and colleges.

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